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  1. (statistics) 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. (slang) excellent; "famous for a mean backhand" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. 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
  17. excellent; "famous for a mean backhand" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ? Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To have a purpose or intention. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Of poor quality; as, mean fare. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Intermediate in excellence of any kind. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Average; having an intermediate value between two extremes, or between the several successive values of a variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean distance; mean motion; mean solar day. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the square root of the product of the quantities. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Meantime; meanwhile. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. A mediator; a go-between. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. meaning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. The middle point, quantity, value, or degree: average; moderation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. To have in the mind or intention; to purpose; as, I mean to go; signify; as, the French word poilu means hairy; denote; as, the word poilu meant a French soldier. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  39. To have an intention. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. Wanting in dignity or honor; vulgar; ordinary; inferior; without importance; humble; stingy; middle; average; not too much or too little. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. Meanly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. Meant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. Meaner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. Meanest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  45. Low in rank or birth: base: sordid: low in worth or estimation: poor: humble. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  46. MEANNESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. Middle: coming between: moderate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  48. The middle point, quantity, value, or degree: instrument:-pl. income: estate: instrument. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. To have in the mind or thoughts: to intend: to signify. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  50. To have in the mind: to have meaning:-pr.p. meaning; pa.t. and pa.p. meant (ment). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. A middle point, quantity, value, or degree; instrument. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  52. Middle; average; low; humble; base; sordid. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  53. To have in the mind. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  54. To intend, signify. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  55. To aim at; purpose; signify. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. To be minded. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. Low; lowly; inferior; poor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. Ignoble; base; petty; contemptible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. Intermediate; medium; average. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. The middle state or quantity between two extremes; hence, moderation; medium. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. Instrumentality (often with singular construction; as, this is a means); also, property; wealth. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. Low in rank or birth; base; sordid; of little value; low in esteem; contemptible; poor. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  63. Middle; moderate; intervening. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  64. Instrumentality; income, revenue, or estate. By all means, without fail. By no means, not at all. Meantime, in the intervening time. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  65. The middle point, rate or degree; medium; mediocrity; intervening time; the medium, instrument or agent through which something is done; a quantity having an intermediate value between several others. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  66. To have in the mind or in view; to signify; to intend, purpose, or design. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  67. To have thought or meaning; to be disposed. See Man and Mind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  68. Low-minded; base; wanting in dignity or honour; low in rank or birth; poor; pitiful; stingy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  69. At an equal distance from the extremes; moderate; without excess; intermediate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  70. The middle point or place; in math., a quantity having an intermediate value between several others; the average of resultant value; the middle rate or degree. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  71. To intend, purpose, or design; to signify. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  72. The average of values or quantities. Known also as simple average or arithmetic average. Compute an average as the sum of all value amounts divided by the number of values tallied. For example, the mean of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 is (15 / 5) = 3. Mean quickly identifies the midpoint on a scale of a varied, scattered number of instances. It can be distorted if extreme values exist often. This distortion can be measured by mean deviation or standard deviation. Also refer to median and mode. thelawdictionary.org
  73. A middle between two extremes, whether applied to persons, things, or time. thelawdictionary.org
  74. A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the nth root of the product of the n quantities being averaged. dictgcide_fs
  75. Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance. dictgcide_fs
  76. m[=e]n, adj. low in rank or birth: base: sordid: low in worth or estimation: of little value or importance: poor, humble: despicable.--adj. MEAN'-BORN, of humble origin.--adv. MEAN'LY.--n. MEAN'NESS, state or quality of being mean: want of nobility or excellence: a low action.--adj. MEAN'-SPIR'ITED, having a mean spirit, base.--n. MEAN'-SPIR'ITEDNESS. [A.S. m['æ]ne, wicked, from mán, wickedness; perh. conn. with A.S. gem['æ]ne, Ger. gemein, common.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  77. m[=e]n, adj. middle: coming between two others in size, degree, quantity, time, &c.: average: moderate.--n. the middle point, quantity, value, or degree: (math.) a term interpolated between two terms of a series, and consequently intermediate in magnitude: (mus.) a middle voice or voice-part, as the tenor or alto, the second or third string in a viol: instrument or medium: (pl.) that by which anything is caused or brought to pass: income: estate: instrument.--n. MEAN'-TIME, the interval between two given times.--advs. MEAN'TIME, MEAN'WHILE, in the intervening time.--MEANS OF GRACE, divine ordinances, by which divine grace reaches the hearts of men--word and sacraments.--ARITHMETICAL MEAN, the average obtained by adding several quantities together and dividing the sum by their number; HARMONIC MEAN, the reciprocal of the arithmetical mean of the reciprocals of the quantities concerned; GEOMETRIC MEAN, the mean obtained by multiplying two quantities together and extracting the square root of the product; GOLDEN MEAN, the middle course between two extremes: a wise moderation; QUADRATIC MEAN, the square root of the arithmetical mean of the squares of the given quantities.--BY ALL MEANS, certainly; BY ANY MEANS, in any way; BY NO MEANS, certainly not.--IN THE MEAN (Spens.), in the meantime. [O. Fr. meien (Fr. moyen)--L. medianus, enlarged form of medius.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  78. m[=e]n, v.t. to have in the mind or thoughts: to intend, to purpose: to signify.--v.i. to have in the mind: to have meaning or disposition:--pr.p. mean'ing; pa.t. and pa.p. meant (ment).--n. MEAN'ING, that which is in the mind or thoughts: signification: the sense intended: purpose.--adj. significant.--adj. MEAN'INGLESS, without meaning.--adv. MEAN'INGLY. [A.S. m['æ]nan; Ger. meinen, to think.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  79. m[=e]n, v.i. (Shak.) to lament, to moan. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  80. Condition, quality, course, equally removed from two opposite (usu. Blamable) extremes, esp. the golden, happy, m.; (Math.) term between first& last terms of arithmetical, geometrical, &c., progression; (pl., often treated as sing., as a mm.) that by which a result is brought about, as it has been the mm. of extending our trade, by fair mm., WAYS& mm., mm. of grace (sacraments &c.); pecuniary resources, as he lives beyong his mm.; wealth, as a man of mm.; by all (manner of) mm., in every possible way, at any cost, certainly; by no (manner of) mm., not at all, certainly not; by mm. (the instrumentality) of (person, thing, doing). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  81. (Math.) equally removed from two extremes, as 5 is the m. quantity between 2& 8; m. sun, fictitious sun supposed to move in celestial equator at m. rate of real sun; m. proportional, middle one of three quantities of which first is to second as second to third; in the m. (intervening) time, while; meantime, meanwhile, nn. & advv., (in) the intervening time. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  82. (Of capacity, understanding, &c.) inferior, poor; (Hist.) m. white, landless white man in S. United States; not imposing in appearance, shabby; he is no m. (a good) scholar; ignoble, small-minded; stingy. Hence meanly adv., meanness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  83. (meant, pron. ment). Purpose, have in mind, (mischief, business, to do); design, destine, for an object &c., as m. it to be used, m. it for a stopgap, he was meant (by parents &c., also, by Providence, for a soldier; I m. well to (am determined that you shall) go; m. well to, by, be kindly disposed towards; intend to convey (specified sense) or indicate (object), as I m. that he is stingy, I m. his father; (of words) signify, import, (thing, that); what do you m. by (how do you justify) it? [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  84. n. Middle point, place, rate, or degree medium;— intervening time; interval; interim;— a quantity having an intermediate value between several others of which it expresses the average intermediate agency or instrument;— pl. Resources; property, revenue, or the like. Cabinet Dictionary

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