- a charge paid by the master of a ship for such services as pilotage or towage.
- an expense, partial loss, or damage to a ship or cargo.
- the incidence of such an expense or loss to the owners or their insurers.
- an equitable apportionment among all the interested parties of such an expense or loss.Compare general average, particular average.
verb (used with object), av·er·aged, av·er·ag·ing.
verb (used without object), av·er·aged, av·er·ag·ing.
- to come out of a security or commodity transaction with a profit or without a loss.
- to reach an average or other figure: His taxes should average out to about a fifth of his income.
Origin of average
Related Words for averageordinary, regular, moderate, mediocre, median, standard, medium, general, mainstream, fair, familiar, plastic, common, middling, intermediate, humdrum, commonplace, garden, boilerplate, nowhere
Examples from the Web for average
Contemporary Examples of average
Well over a thousand holes in, I average less than four strokes per hole.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
On average, the vaccine has an efficacy of about 60 percent.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers
January 1, 2015
Average age ranges from 45 to 65, with her youngest client at 18 and the oldest in her 80s.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
Ramos was 38—nearly two decades older than the average recruit.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
All because Murthy believes that gun violence, which kills an average of 86 Americans every day, is a public health issue.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of average
The men are taller than the average, and the women, relatively, taller than the men.
I guess I could do it and get away with it as well as the average.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
They average about the same as they do in anything else, mostly good, I think.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He's too blamed comprehensive for the average boy of my age.
If he truly was the average age of the rest of the class there was nothing for him to be angry about.
- a loss incurred or damage suffered by a ship or its cargo at sea
- the equitable apportionment of such loss among the interested parties
Word Origin for average
late 15c., "financial loss incurred through damage to goods in transit," from French avarie "damage to ship," and Italian avaria; a word from 12c. Mediterranean maritime trade (cf. Spanish averia; other Germanic forms, Dutch avarij, German haferei, etc., also are from Romanic languages), of uncertain origin. Sometimes traced to Arabic 'arwariya "damaged merchandise," but this might as easily be a borrowing of the word from the Franks. Meaning shifted to "equal sharing of such loss by the interested parties." Transferred sense of "statement of a medial estimate" is first recorded 1735. The mathematical extension is from 1755.
1770; see average (n.).
1769, from average (n.). Related: Averaged; averaging.