Nearby words

  1. aventine,
  2. aventurine,
  3. avenue,
  4. avenzoar,
  5. aver,
  6. average adjuster,
  7. average deviation,
  8. average joe,
  9. average revenue,
  10. average speed

Idioms

    on the/an average, usually; typically: She can read 50 pages an hour, on the average.

Origin of average

1485–95; earlier averay charge on goods shipped, orig. duty (< Middle French avarie < Old Italian avaria < Arabic ʿawārīyah damaged merchandise), with -age replacing -ay

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British Dictionary definitions for average

average

/ (ˈævərɪdʒ, ˈævrɪdʒ) /

noun

adjective

verb

Derived Formsaveragely, adverbaverageness, noun

Word Origin for average

C15 averay loss arising from damage to ships or cargoes (shared equitably among all concerned, hence the modern sense), from Old Italian avaria, ultimately from Arabic awār damage, blemish

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Word Origin and History for average
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Medicine definitions for average

average

[ ăvər-ĭj, ăvrĭj ]

n.

adj.

Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale.

v.


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Science definitions for average

average

[ ăvər-ĭj ]

A number, especially the arithmetic mean, that is derived from and considered typical or representative of a set of numbers. Compare arithmetic mean median mode.
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Culture definitions for average

average

A single number that represents a set of numbers. Means, medians, and modes are kinds of averages; usually, however, the term average refers to a mean.

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