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# norm

[nawrm] /nɔrm/
noun
1.
a standard, model, or pattern.
2.
general level or average:
Two cars per family is the norm in most suburban communities.
3.
Education.
1. a designated standard of average performance of people of a given age, background, etc.
2. a standard based on the past average performance of a given individual.
4.
Mathematics.
1. a real-valued, nonnegative function whose domain is a vector space, with properties such that the function of a vector is zero only when the vector is zero, the function of a scalar times a vector is equal to the absolute value of the scalar times the function of the vector, and the function of the sum of two vectors is less than or equal to the sum of the functional values of each vector. The norm of a real number is its absolute value.
2. the greatest difference between two successive points of a given partition.
Origin of norm
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin norma carpenter's square, rule, pattern
Related forms

## Norm.

1.
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Examples from the Web for norm
Contemporary Examples
• Bloc voting for allies, and totally blanking your political foes, became the norm.

• The idea of living a multifarious identity is something that has always occurred to me to be absolutely the norm.

April 29, 2009
• At the time, polygamy was the norm in Arab tribal society, and marrying widows and divorcées was a noble thing to do.

• It started in an era in which drug stores and soda fountains were the norm—as [Tower] was rising, that American ideal died.

March 24, 2009
• That means sticking with what has become the norm: “a neutral old white guy.”

Historical Examples
• It was just that his mind operated on a different, a higher, plane than the norm.

• So also frênai has given Freeney, chênai, Chaney, and the norm.

Ernest Weekley
• The variations from the norm of the verse are those described on p. 328, but in proportion fewer.

• Every one is a judge of everything, for he holds fast to the norm.

Walther Rathenau
• Hence this prayer not only teaches us how to pray, but serves as the norm of all our dispositions of mind.

St. Thomas Aquinas
British Dictionary definitions for norm

## norm

/nɔːm/
noun
1.
an average level of achievement or performance, as of a group or person
2.
a standard of achievement or behaviour that is required, desired, or designated as normal
3.
(sociol) an established standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group to which each member is expected to conform
4.
(maths)
1. the length of a vector expressed as the square root of the sum of the square of its components
2. another name for mode (sense 6)
5.
(geology) the theoretical standard mineral composition of an igneous rock
Word Origin
C19: from Latin norma carpenter's rule, square

## Norm

/nɔːm/
noun
1.
a stereotype of the unathletic Australian male
Word Origin
from a cartoon figure in the government-sponsored Life, Be In It campaign

abbreviation
1.
normal

## Norm.

abbreviation
1.
Norman
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Word Origin and History for norm
n.

"standard, pattern, model," 1821, from French norme, from Latin norma "carpenter's square, rule, pattern," of unknown origin. Klein suggests a borrowing (via Etruscan) of Greek gnomon "carpenter's square." The Latin form of the word, norma, was used in English in the sense of "carpenter's square" from 1670s.

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norm in Technology

mathematics
A real-valued function modelling the length of a vector. The norm must be homogeneous and symmetric and fulfil the following condition: the shortest way to reach a point is to go straight toward it. Every convex symmetric closed surface surrounding point 0 introduces a norm by means of Minkowski functional; all vectors that end on the surface have the same norm then.
The most popular norm is the Euclidean norm.
(2004-02-15)

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Related Abbreviations for norm

1.
standard
2.
model
3.
pattern

normal

### Norm.

Norman
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### Word Value for norm

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