- 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 averagelyfairly, rather, reasonably, quite, somewhat, slightly, pretty, comparatively, relatively, moderately, adequately, passably, enough, gently, so-so, some, something, tolerable, averagely, temperately
Examples from the Web for averagely
Historical Examples of averagely
I am, so far as these are concerned, merely the man in the street, the averagely endowed and the ordinarily educated.Memoirs of My Dead Life
Those two coming now consisted of two better than averagely dressed girls who would run somewhere in their early twenties.
More comfortable would be a role as an averagely anti-Russian tourist—not fanatically so, but averagely.
I know that his putting was extraordinarily good—far better than an averagely good putter's daylight putting.Fifty Years of Golf
Horace G. Hutchinson
- 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.