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  1. To form a mean sum or quantity. A general average, a contribution to a general loss, when, for the safety of a ship in distress, any destruction to the ship is incurred, all persons who have goods on board, or property in the ship, contribute to the loss according to their average, that is, the goods of each on board. Petty or accustomed averages, charges payable by the shippers of goods to the master of the ship, over and above the freight, for his care of the goods. Upon or on an average, taking the mean of unequal numbers or quantities. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To do, accomplish, get, etc., on an average. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To find the average of by arithmetic; to reduce to a mean. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To fix an average. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To fix, or be the average of; apportion on the average; take as an average. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To form, or exist in, a mean or medial sum or quantity; to amount to, or to be, on an average; as, the losses of the owners will average twenty five dollars each; these spars average ten feet in length. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To exist in, or form, a mean quantity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. compute the average of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. achieve or reach on average; "He averaged a C" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. To find the mean of unequal sums or quantities; to reduce to a mean; to divide according to an average. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To make equal to others; to reduce to a level; to proportion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. a statistic describing the location of a distribution; "it set the norm for American homes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. That service which a tenant owed his lord, to be done by the work beasts of the tenant, as the carriage of wheat, turf, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A tariff or duty on goods, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Any charge in addition to the regular charge for freight of goods shipped. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A contribution to a loss or charge which has been imposed upon one of several for the general benefit; damage done by sea perils. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The equitable and proportionate distribution of loss or expense among all interested. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A mean proportion, medial sum or quantity, made out of unequal sums or quantities; an arithmetical mean. Thus, if A loses 5 dollars, B 9, and C 16, the sum is 30, and the average 10. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Any medial estimate or general statement derived from a comparison of diverse specific cases; a medium or usual size, quantity, quality, rate, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. In the English corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A result reached by adding several quantities of the same kind, and dividing by the number of quantities; a general statement based on a number of different cases; the general type. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. The mean value or quantity of a number of values or quantities. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. A mean proportion; proportional distribution. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. The quotient of any sum divided by the number of its terms; the mean amount, quantity, or the like. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The ordinary degree or amount; general type. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. The mean sum, quantity, or value, made out of unequal sums, quantities, or values, by adding these together and dividing by the number of them. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. A mean proportion; the mean of any collection of sums, numbers, or quantities, found by dividing the totals by the number of the sums or quantities. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures; "an orange of average size"; "intermediate capacity"; "a plane with intermediate range"; "medium bombers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. of no exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  33. relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in an even-numbered set); "the median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20"; "the median income for the year was $15,000" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  34. relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution; "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. Pertaining to an average or mean; medial; containing a mean proportion; of a mean size, quality, ability, etc.; ordinary; usual; as, an average rate of profit; an average amount of rain; the average Englishman; beings of the average stamp. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. According to the laws of averages; as, the loss must be made good by average contribution. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Equal to the sum of all the different quantities of the same kind added together and divided by the number of them; of medium quality; midway between extremes. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. Containing a mean value. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  39. Containing a mean proportion. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  40. Obtained by calculating the mean of several; medium; ordinary. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. Being in a condition common to many,-as a man of average height, an average crop. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. When the next committee sat, in 1791, they found, that, on an average of the last four years, their predecessors had fallen short, in their estimate of the permanent taxes, by more than three hundred and forty thousand pounds a year. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. That is the average – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
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