Main definitions of mean in English

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mean1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Intend to convey, indicate, or refer to (a particular thing or notion); signify.

    ‘I don't know what you mean’
    ‘he was asked to clarify what his remarks meant’
    ‘I meant you, not Jones’
    • ‘‘You're absolutely right ’, Devlin interrupted, genuinely getting what she meant.’
    • ‘The question is whether that means it intends to triple its workforce.’
    • ‘He means that death repeals the whole implied adventure of being missing, and a certain tantalising ambiguity enters the picture.’
    • ‘Confused, he suggests she means his brother, who has just married Lucy Steele.’
    • ‘‘Hey freak,’ Jesse greeted, his tone implying that he had meant it strictly as an insult.’
    • ‘It was a slow kiss, intended to mean a promise of a future together.’
    • ‘What did you mean when you said her emotion seemed more genuine in the last chapter?’
    • ‘Tash looked after her, wondering what she could have meant by her words.’
    • ‘They took his remark as a joke although he had meant it as a spurn to their stupidity.’
    • ‘Andrew didn't really know what the results meant because he didn't know what the normal values for the tests would be.’
    • ‘Oh yes, she meant the children she supposedly tutored in the day.’
    • ‘The boy waved his hand in the air, indicating that he meant the alleyway, in which they stood.’
    • ‘This could mean heaven, but most likely it represents a church.’
    • ‘‘I did know what you meant this afternoon,’ referring to our earlier conversation.’
    • ‘Matt never quite understood what he had meant by those words.’
    • ‘Ziana began to understand what her grandfather had meant by those words.’
    • ‘She seemed to sigh heavily, and, from all my experience, I knew that heavy sighs meant that you had something bad to say.’
    • ‘The men had meant her clothing when they referred her to a boy.’
    • ‘And I understand perfectly what you mean about the characters being revolting.’
    • ‘I'm not sure what Beckett meant by referring to our ‘showing off’, but let me now do so!’
    signify, convey, denote, designate, indicate, connote, show, express, spell out, stand for, represent, symbolize, imply, purport, suggest, allude to, intimate, hint at, insinuate, drive at, refer to
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    1. 1.1(of a word) have (something) as its signification in the same language or its equivalent in another language.
      ‘its name means “painted rock” in Cherokee’
      • ‘Cadet, a 17th Century French word meaning a young trainee in the armed forces or the police force, is commonly used in India.’
      • ‘The name comes from the Greek word lithos which means stone.’
      • ‘The word is Japanese, meaning tray planting, but the practice originated in China.’
      • ‘This word means fiery ones, in allusion, as is supposed, to their burning love.’
      • ‘The word icon comes from the Greek word eikon, which means image.’
      • ‘‘The last two words mean the same thing,’ I interrupted aggravatingly.’
      • ‘In short, they are ‘blogs,’ an invented word meaning Web diarist.’
      • ‘The use of the original Greek word to mean an instrument of music did not occur until the 5th century ad.’
      • ‘Frass is an arcane English word meaning the excrement or droppings of insects.’
      • ‘The word once meant the description of a work of visual art within a poem, but has come to mean poetic description more generally.’
      • ‘The word myco, is derived from the Greek word which means fungus.’
      • ‘The word also means a narrowing of the eyes so that you can get a clearer view, and an affliction where the eyes are not in line.’
      • ‘Parcours is a French word meaning the route, the trip or the journey.’
      • ‘Lenin named his small movement the Bolsheviks, a word meaning majority.’
      • ‘The word error once meant a wandering or roving course.’
      • ‘I pressed the search button to see what the words meant and what language they were.’
      • ‘The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland.’
      • ‘The word magazine derives from an Arabic word meaning a storehouse, a place where goods are laid up.’
      • ‘Obviously the word meant something different to him than it did to her.’
    2. 1.2Genuinely intend to convey or express (something)
      ‘when she said that before, she meant it’
      • ‘‘I'm glad to hear it,’ he replied, and the genuine smile he gave me let me know he meant it.’
      • ‘‘Thank you,’ she said, and the genuine look in her eyes told me that she really meant it.’
      • ‘He knew these sounded empty, these words, but he meant them.’
      • ‘Mike had the feeling that, deep down inside, she genuinely meant it.’
      • ‘Riley wasn't just saying the words, he meant them too.’
    3. 1.3Be of some specified importance to (someone), especially as a source of benefit or object of affection.
      ‘animals have always meant more to him than people’
      • ‘It was apparent that this bet meant a lot to both of them.’
      • ‘She and Ryan had always had a close bond that meant a lot to Ryan.’
      • ‘You always show you put thought into your review and that means a lot to me.’
      • ‘But it still means a lot to the few people watching.’
      • ‘Thanks for everything you said, it really meant a lot to me.’
      • ‘Any other time, those words would have meant a lot to her.’
      • ‘It meant a lot to him that she believed he could win.’
      • ‘They had always meant a lot to her, she couldn't explain it.’
      • ‘This woman means a lot to me and I intend to make sure she's taken care of.’
      • ‘It was only a momentary kiss but it meant a lot to me.’
  • 2Intend (something) to occur or be the case.

    ‘they mean no harm’
    [with infinitive] ‘it was meant to be a secret’
    • ‘Counseling is meant to be educational and to leave one with more positive feelings.’
    • ‘Today's rendition was meant to be more meaningful than those of other years.’
    • ‘I think it was meant to be taken a lot more lightly than I read it, but I can't help my own reaction to the film.’
    • ‘As one might expect, the work placed in medical environments was generally meant to be as innocuous as possible.’
    • ‘It wasn't meant to be intimate, but my hand was on his!’
    • ‘It's strange how someone can know there was a time quite recent you meant them harm, and still hold no grudge.’
    • ‘I really get the impression that this is meant to be a representation of an event that happened.’
    • ‘The difference between Akil, Agape, and the rest of the slaves, was that they understood d' Armano meant them no harm.’
    • ‘It's never a good sign when the audience audibly groans throughout what was meant to be a grand love story.’
    • ‘They prayed and then cast a charm to pray that they would pass back to their world in peace and mean them no harm.’
    • ‘The movie is symbolic it's not meant to be a literal story.’
    • ‘Talk them down if you would, tell them that we mean them no harm.’
    • ‘The law on sharing capital gains was meant to redistribute excess profit.’
    • ‘A doorway page is a page carefully designed to do well on search engine results, but is never meant to be used by humans.’
    • ‘You can come with me to the Temple if you promise that you mean his girl no harm.’
    • ‘Fear rushed through him and he prayed that the person meant them no harm.’
    • ‘She believed that horses would be emotionally damaged if it was not explained to them that their riders meant no harm nor wished to degrade them in any way.’
    • ‘This show is meant to be the first of an annual series curated by the museum from its holdings.’
    • ‘I mean no disrespect, but I wish to inform you that your request may not be wholly understood.’
    intend, aim, plan, design, have in mind, have in view, contemplate, think of, purpose, propose, have plans, set out, aspire, desire, want, wish, expect
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    1. 2.1Be supposed or intended to do something.
      ‘we were meant to go over yesterday’
      • ‘She didn't know where this place was that supposedly they were meant to go to, and because of that tried to push the thought out of her hyperactive head.’
      • ‘We were meant to learn new things about how the organization formed and pursued its first tentative steps into space.’
      • ‘The documentary is meant to expose the difficulties faced by the community especially women living in the area.’
      • ‘We were meant to meet the townspeople in just a few minutes, but at the rate we were going, they were going to be getting up and leaving before Al and I even got there.’
      • ‘Adam was meant to dig, not to drive round to the local gardening centre.’
      • ‘They were meant to make it to Rundalfelt by the next day, and Ariane seemed to become more excited if not scared with each step her horse took.’
      • ‘My first week passed in a blur, mainly caused by my confusion about what I was meant to do and not knowing who everyone was.’
      • ‘They all have a purpose: they're meant to teach us about life, to advise us, to give reasons as to why things are they way they are.’
      • ‘Yesterday he had seen, for the first time, the angry and distressed faces of the people he was meant to rule.’
      • ‘At first he sang mostly for the workers in the factories where he also was meant to be working.’
    2. 2.2Design or destine for a particular purpose.
      ‘the jacket was meant for a much larger person’
      • ‘He wondered what they were meant for and why paintings were even allowed in this building.’
      • ‘They were meant for all the days they would be sailing and working.’
      • ‘The tables were meant for two people at each but because of the odd number of students in my class, I was left single.’
      • ‘The Marble Falls design is meant for business users, with two flat-screen displays and a small chassis.’
      • ‘Even with her hair falling messily out of a bun, no make-up, wearing a hoodie that was 2 sizes too big and sweat pants that I'm pretty sure were meant for a guy, she still managed to look beautiful.’
      • ‘We wondered who the oversize sign was meant for.’
      • ‘They were meant for the military and universities: for calculating missile trajectories and looking for patterns in data.’
      • ‘Given that most of these types of games were meant for the PC, translating the interface to work with a console hasn't always worked.’
      • ‘I told him that garlic dipping sauce was meant for the sole purpose of dipping!’
      • ‘A few government officials have been arrested for stashing away relief material which were meant for victims of the earthquake such as tents, solar lanterns, milk powder, food packets and bed sheets.’
    3. 2.3Have as a motive or excuse in explanation.
      ‘what do you mean by leaving me out here in the cold?’
      • ‘‘I'm sure she didn't mean any harm by it,’ I replied.’
      • ‘I meant no harm by my remark, but remember he's only a novice.’
      • ‘Again, don't take this the wrong way, I mean no offense by it.’
      • ‘They assured me that they meant no offense by this.’
      • ‘I mean many things by this, which I hope to explore in the coming weeks and months.’
      • ‘He didn't mean any harm by it; he was just trying to get us here on time.’
      • ‘But I don't think Veronica meant any harm by it, and it was nice of her to try.’
      • ‘Was it just her or had Trey meant something by that comment?’
      • ‘She hadn't meant any harm by the question, but he seemed to think so as he glared venomously at her, before replying.’
      • ‘He smiled gently at her to show he meant no harm by his comments; he was just stating fact.’
  • 3Have as a consequence or result.

    ‘the proposals are likely to mean another hundred closures’
    [with clause] ‘heavy rain meant that the ground was waterlogged’
    • ‘However, this does mean the company expects its 2003 fiscal full year to show some growth.’
    • ‘The clouds were threatening to come in from the mountains and that meant rain and inside activity for the next day or so.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it means that we will likely see more advertising in the movie theaters.’
    • ‘That meant a day without work, without duty and without purpose.’
    • ‘The collapse in equities means it now represents 25 per cent of the fund's value.’
    • ‘That is expected to mean a license fee of just shy of £200 early next decade once inflation is taken into account.’
    • ‘He said the Danish result was likely to mean that Britain would not join the EMU as early as had originally been anticipated.’
    • ‘This means the Deputy Prime Minister is likely to get the top job when it opens up sometime over the next few years.’
    • ‘This is likely to mean a greater spend on advertising and promotional activities.’
    • ‘It made critics happy, which means that producers are likely to be more confident in you the next time around.’
    • ‘Christine not being here has meant a change of plan.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for the crowd on the stands, that meant warm blankets and numerous cups of hot chocolate.’
    • ‘The downside though, is that it's likely to mean you'll be packing your own shopping if you choose to participate.’
    • ‘Soon January rolled around, bringing in a heavy blizzard, which meant there would be no school.’
    • ‘In second period French, Jen hid the plan book, which meant no homework.’
    • ‘About 200 people are expected to turn up in all, and the popularity means this is likely to become a regular event.’
    • ‘Being interrogated by the two players had been interesting, but he would do it a hundred times if it meant being with Mandy.’
    • ‘The only good part about the rain was that it meant that the weather would be slightly less cold, but that, too had its downside.’
    • ‘This means it will achieve its total planned savings a year earlier than originally expected.’
    • ‘If handled properly it should certainly improve the cab company's efficiency and that means you won't have to wait in the rain so long.’
    entail, involve, necessitate, lead to, result in, give rise to, bring about, cause, engender, produce, effect
    presage, portend, foretell, augur, promise, foreshadow, herald, signal, bode
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    1. 3.1Necessarily or usually entail or involve.
      ‘coal stoves mean a lot of smoke’
      • ‘A day out in Edinburgh does usually mean walking around the city, but suppose we just stayed in-doors.’
      • ‘Either way, being a performer meant being involved in the compositional process.’

Phrases

  • i mean

    • Used to clarify or correct a statement or to introduce a justification or explanation.

      ‘I mean, it's not as if I owned property’
      • ‘It's the least you can do for her, I mean, she let us in her house in the middle of the night.’
      • ‘See how the other plays so happily with the handler, she, the handler I mean, acts so friendly and kind to them.’
      • ‘That, I mean, that is one of the most fundamental misunderstandings of what we're proposing.’
      • ‘She's gonna be mad when she finds out, I mean how long have you known and not told her?’
      • ‘I had to do something, I mean, I didn't want him to not have fun because of me.’
      • ‘By today, I mean the date at the bottom of the page, not the day I'm writing this, or whenever you may be reading it.’
      • ‘She had four children, so I mean obviously four times she did have some kind of bodily intimacy.’
      • ‘I never really had a childhood, I mean, lots of stuff happened to me when I was younger.’
      • ‘So you can imagine how I can hardly wait for school to start, I mean, I get to escape the craziness at home anyway.’
      • ‘I saw this in a full theatre and when the unloaded gun is fired, everybody and I mean everybody moaned.’
  • mean business

    • Be in earnest.

      • ‘Google shifts focus to show it means business.’
      • ‘The 100 British companies that are here today are hard evidence of the fact that Britain really does mean business.’
      • ‘Community colleges mean business.’
      • ‘Eight businesses were based in Michigan, seven in New York, nineteen in Colorado, and fifteen in Montana, showing that salmon mean business across the nation.’
      • ‘This team means business. We are not there to show off. We want to achieve something together.’
    • Be in earnest.

      • ‘She had a way about herself, which told me that she meant business.’
      • ‘When it came to books, Ms. Hensley meant business.’
      • ‘Unlike his comrades, he clearly meant business.’
      • ‘By the look on his face, he could tell I meant business.’
      • ‘She wasn't smiling, so I knew she meant business.’
      • ‘When that went away, it seemed like they meant business.’
      • ‘Well, it didn't take long for us to realize they meant business, and they started clearing stuff up right away.’
      • ‘Jonas saw that his chief meant business right now.’
      • ‘He thought we were playing some sort of silly joke on him, but we meant business.’
      • ‘The look on his handsome face told her he meant business.’
  • mean to say

    • [usually in questions]Really admit or intend to say.

      ‘do you mean to say you've uncovered something new?’
      • ‘Do you mean to say that we won't be involved in any of this attack?’
      • ‘But just because 3 million people buy driving games every year, it doesn't mean to say that they're right.’
      • ‘You mean to say that nothing happened between you guys at all?’
      • ‘‘You mean to say,’ in tones of mock-surprise, ‘that you do not know everything there is to know?’’
      • ‘You mean to say that you have seen all the maids of the land?’
      • ‘Do you mean to say that you're not hated for what you did to Grant?’
      • ‘But I don't mean to say that I didn't enjoy the kiss.’
      • ‘I don't necessarily mean to say that I feel that's right.’
      • ‘I do not mean to say that such exclusions are absolute.’
      • ‘What you mean to say is that you intend to resist doing so, which I already knew.’
  • mean well

    • Have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out.

      • ‘The woman meant well, but always ended up criticising every little thing I did.’
      • ‘These editors mean well, they just don't know what they're doing.’
      • ‘Devon always means well, he doesn't like to hurt people.’
      • ‘He knew she meant well, but he couldn't face her.’
      • ‘I know you meant well, but why sacrifice yourself for me?’
      • ‘I'm sure she meant well, but that made me feel angrier than ever, made me feel that she didn't understand at all.’
      • ‘‘She always means well,’ Harry muttered in reply.’
      • ‘She was still pretty uptight, but she meant well.’
      • ‘He grinned, letting both females know he meant well.’
      • ‘I suppose he may have meant well, but he isn't exactly blessed with an abundance of tact.’

Origin

Old English mænan; related to Dutch meenen and German meinen, from an Indo-European root shared by mind.

Pronunciation:

mean

/mēn/

Main definitions of mean in English

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mean2

adjective

  • 1Unwilling to give or share things, especially money; not generous.

    ‘she felt mean not giving a tip’
    ‘they're not mean with the garlic’
    • ‘They were horrible - greedy and interfering, and mean and small-minded.’
    • ‘And if you keep being so mean with the price, people might be so angry about it, and they might even burn things down.’
    miserly, niggardly, close-fisted, parsimonious, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, penurious, illiberal, close, grasping, greedy, avaricious, acquisitive, scrooge-like
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  • 2Unkind, spiteful, or unfair.

    ‘it was very mean of me’
    ‘she is always mean to my little brother’
    • ‘But you still shouldn't be so mean to them if they don't get something.’
    • ‘It made Jason sick to know that people were mean to her.’
    • ‘You know, people are usually mean to you for a reason.’
    • ‘None of this would have happened if he hadn't been mean to her sister.’
    • ‘That was probably why he had been so horribly mean to Conner in his room earlier.’
    • ‘He looked like a nice guy, and he hadn't been mean to them.’
    • ‘She didn't mean to be mean and cruel but things slip once in while, things she can't control.’
    • ‘I felt a little bad about being so mean to him but he deserved it.’
    • ‘One wonders if, deep down, she couldn't stand being mean to her husband!’
    • ‘It was mean to laugh at her when she went but I didn't care.’
    • ‘He gave me a disappointed look and I felt guilty remembering all of the times I was mean to Corbin without an excuse.’
    • ‘The author made you hate the evil sisters who were mean to Ella.’
    • ‘I didn't want to be mean to Jes, but Morgan had taken over.’
    • ‘They also don't like pets and are mean to small children.’
    • ‘I hated him from then on because he was always mean to me.’
    • ‘She didn't know why, but for some reason she couldn't be spiteful or mean to this man anymore.’
    • ‘She is mean to Pip for most of his life, although at the novel's end they meet again, and she seems to be a softened, changed woman.’
    • ‘It isn't any excuse for him to be mean to his daughter.’
    • ‘I hope the other children aren't being mean to her.’
    • ‘Jonah may always be mean to you, but that's still attention.’
    unkind, nasty, spiteful, foul, malicious, malevolent, despicable, contemptible, obnoxious, vile, odious, loathsome, disagreeable, unpleasant, unfriendly, uncharitable, shabby, unfair, callous, cruel, vicious, base, low
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    1. 2.1North American Vicious or aggressive in behavior.
      ‘the dogs were considered mean’
      • ‘Eventually, we learn that Monica is a mean, vicious vamp who places men under her power with a combination of humiliation and flabby thighs.’
      • ‘This person was also abusive, mean and vicious.’
      • ‘He was perfect in his stall but when he was on the track, he was mean and vicious.’
  • 3(especially of a place) poor in quality and appearance; shabby.

    ‘her home was mean and small’
    squalid, shabby, dilapidated, sordid, seedy, slummy, sleazy, insalubrious, poor, sorry, wretched, dismal, dingy, miserable, mangy, broken-down, run down, down at heel
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    1. 3.1(of a person's mental capacity or understanding) inferior; poor.
      ‘it was obvious to even the meanest intelligence’
      • ‘She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.’
    2. 3.2dated Of low birth or social class.
      ‘it was a hat like that worn by the meanest of people’
  • 4informal Excellent; very skillful or effective.

    ‘he's a mean cook’
    ‘she dances a mean Charleston’
    • ‘I see someone funny and sweet who cooks a mean steak and does a lousy John Wayne impression.’
    • ‘Day has an incredibly luminous screen presence, and in every scene they share, she matches Cagney's swagger with a mean strut of her own.’
    • ‘They do a mean curry in this place, but I opt for a hot sandwich instead.’
    • ‘We opt for number two, and discover the dipso cooks a mean cheese omelette.’
    • ‘She was known to make a mean grilled cheese and would do so.’

Phrases

  • no mean ——

    • Denoting something very good of its kind.

      ‘it was no mean feat’
      • ‘Considering the guide price was £130,000, that was no mean feat.’
      • ‘It is also very well recorded and that is no mean achievement.’
      • ‘That's no mean feat in an industry that's growing by less than 2% a year.’
      • ‘And as far as negotiations go, it's no mean feat.’
      • ‘Considering his prodigious consumption of alcohol and drugs, this was no mean feat.’
      • ‘This small publisher, which brings out eight new titles a year, has made a name for itself and has had three of its books read or adapted on BBC Radio Four - no mean achievement.’
      • ‘For a twenty-five-year-old woman to transform herself into an eleven-year-old child was no mean achievement.’
      • ‘This is no mean feat, considering the size and relative complexity of the cast.’
      • ‘They were holding their own which was no mean feat.’
      • ‘Physically imposing and capable of more than one facial expression, he even holds his own in the fight scenes, no mean feat given the martial calibre of the cast.’

Origin

Middle English, shortening of Old English gemǣne, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin communis common The original sense was common to two or more persons later inferior in rank leading to mean and a sense ignoble, small-minded from which mean and mean (which became common in the 19th century) arose.

Pronunciation:

mean

/mēn/

Main definitions of mean in English

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mean3

noun

  • 1The value obtained by dividing the sum of several quantities by their number; an average.

    ‘acid output was calculated by taking the mean of all three samples’
    • ‘The price may rise and fall, but the average mean is what the cost will turn out to be.’
    • ‘Profits per employee is the deviation from industry mean of the ratio of a firm's operation profits to total employees.’
    • ‘There are two ways to calculate WTP from the estimated logistic function: its mean and its median.’
    • ‘Note that the displayed means are weighted means of the non-log version of the variable.’
    • ‘The means and coefficients of variation of output and input variables are reported in Table 1.’
    • ‘The mean and the mean of the sum of squares are combined into one loop through the entire data set.’
    • ‘The median is a more conservative estimate of WTP than the mean, since it gives less weight to extreme observations on the high side.’
    • ‘These changes are evaluated at the mean of the explanatory variables.’
    • ‘The survey results for the means of each listed variable are reported in Table 3, Column 1.’
    • ‘Our favored aggregate is the R2 weighted aggregation, but we also report the simple mean of the forecasts and the median.’
    • ‘Such conditions produce overdispersion, wherein the variance exceeds the mean.’
    • ‘A mean of 2.63 was reported for the number of courses completed.’
    • ‘The means associated with both dependent variables in all experimental conditions are presented in Figure 2.’
    • ‘The tests were all performed ten times and the mean of the measurements was taken as the result for the test.’
    • ‘Consider the jellybean example: if there is a large glass sphere hidden among the jellybeans, then you will get a normal distribution of guesses centred on the wrong mean.’
    • ‘Centering consists of subtracting the sample mean from each independent variable.’
    • ‘Provided that the conditional mean was correctly specified, the model was consistent.’
    • ‘The cancer patients had used their phone for a mean of 2.8 years while the control group averaged 2.7 years.’
  • 2A condition, quality, or course of action equally removed from two opposite (usually unsatisfactory) extremes.

    ‘the mean between two extremes’
    middle course, middle way, mid point, central point, middle, happy medium, golden mean, compromise, balance, median, norm, average
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adjective

  • 1(of a quantity) calculated as a mean; average.

    ‘by 1989, the mean age at marriage stood at 24.8 for women and 26.9 for men’
    • ‘Table 2 presents the variables used, their mean values, and data sources.’
    • ‘There are no data produced on an annual basis that permit direct calculation of mean graduate and non-graduate earnings.’
    • ‘We then calculated the mean multiplexity of the focal firm's network partners and used that as our measure of multiplexity.’
    • ‘Fecal output was calculated by dividing mean chromium release rate by the concentration of chromium in the feces.’
    • ‘To control for the professional experience of the firm's founding team, I calculated the mean age for the set of founders for each law firm.’
    • ‘It was calculated by dividing hot carcass weight by the overall mean dressing percentage.’
    • ‘In this study, 5-year moving averages are used to estimate the mean value of each commodity.’
    • ‘Diamond found a negative relationship between aging and productivity and that the mean peak age for the citation stock for the six samples was 59 years of age.’
    • ‘Of particular interest are the mean values of the surprise component, since they can be interpreted as the average forecast errors.’
    • ‘In the meta-analysis, the mean value for a treatment within each paper was the experimental unit.’
    • ‘Sows housed in pens and stalls had similar mean values across all measures with each analysis that was used.’
    • ‘You've quoted the mean average, but this is skewed by the small number of fanatics whose 5,000-plus discs line every wall of their homes.’
    • ‘An additional year of age of a house lowers the estimated sales price by $1,230 evaluated at the observed mean values.’
    • ‘Following convention, quantity terms were normalized using the data means to have mean values of one.’
    • ‘In dealing with commodities such as butter, we recognize patterns in charts and calculate the mean average over a period of time.’
    • ‘The mean age of respondents was 35.32 and the standard deviation was 14.29.’
    • ‘In the last ten years, the mean age of heroin users has dropped from 27 to 19.’
    • ‘In Table 2 are shown mean values in the trimmed sample for selected characteristics.’
    • ‘Teachers allowed drivers to drive tractors or other agricultural machinery at a mean age of 14.9.’
    • ‘The mean residual values and the RSD were calculated for each weigh day.’
    average, median, middle, halfway, centre, central, intermediate, medial, medium, normal, standard, middling
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  • 2Equally far from two extremes.

    ‘hope is the mean virtue between despair and presumption’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French meien, from Latin medianus middle (see median).

Pronunciation:

mean

/mēn/