Definition of moving average in US English:

moving average


  • A succession of averages derived from successive segments (typically of constant size and overlapping) of a series of values.

    • ‘The moving average shows the average value of a stock over time.’
    • ‘Similarly, techniques to graph moving averages and interpret their changes should be included in agricultural marketing courses.’
    • ‘At other times, the moving average was not significant for deaths within 30 days, as defined here, including at the end of the series, when the moving average was 50%.’
    • ‘In 1927 he showed that subjecting a sequence of independent random variables to a sequence of moving averages generated an almost periodic sequence.’
    • ‘In the calculation of their value, both moving averages use the closing prices of whatever period is measured.’