# What is the mean?

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• Anonymous

Are you talking about math terms? If so, the mean is the average. (If you don't know how to get an average, add up all the numbers you are averaging and then divide that number by the number of numbers there are--ex. 7 numbers added up and divided by 7.)

It's the arithmetic average. For instance, if you had the series 1,1,7,4,3,2, the mean would be (1+1+7+4+3+2)/6 (because there are six items). This would be 18/6=3. Two other types of averages are the median and the mode. The median is the middle answer, and the mode is the most common answer.

Does this make sense? Repost and I'll try to clarify if not.

Christie

• Anonymous

VERB:

tr.

To be used to convey; denote: "'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things'" (Lewis Carroll).

To act as a symbol of; signify or represent: In this poem, the budding flower means youth.

To intend to convey or indicate: "No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous" (Henry Adams).

To have as a purpose or an intention; intend: I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept.

To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end: a building that was meant for storage; a student who was meant to be a scientist.

To have as a consequence; bring about: Friction means heat.

To have the importance or value of: The opinions of the critics meant nothing to him. She meant so much to me.

VERB:

intr.

To have intentions of a specified kind; be disposed: They mean well but lack tact.

IDIOM:

To be in earnest.

ETYMOLOGY:

Middle English menen, from Old English mnan, to tell of; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots

The mean of a set of numbers is the same thing as the average.

The average of something.

average: 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"

mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

hateful: characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"

base: 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"

entail: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"

denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"

intend: 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"

beggarly: marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"

(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"

have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"

think of: 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!"

beggarly: (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt

destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you"

an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

bastardly: of no value or worth; "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"

wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

• Anonymous