- a designated standard of average performance of people of a given age, background, etc.
- a standard based on the past average performance of a given individual.
- 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.
- the greatest difference between two successive points of a given partition.
Origin of norm
Definition for norm (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for norm
However, in reality, this should be the norm, not a “pleasant surprise.”
But being hung up on before having chance to tell the unnamed desk sergeant I was with the fourth estate is not the norm.
Subjectivity and exaggerating the foibles or bad reasoning of the opposition in political coverage was the norm.
Let me emphatically state that what the Lands are alleged to have done is not the norm.Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?|Elizabeth Picciuto|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For people like Woodward who look different than the norm, these kinds of awkward first-liners are a fact of life.
It is self-consistent and yet inconsistent with the consistency of the kosmos and its norm of being which is consciousness.
It was through the tutors that modern studies fit for the education of a Renaissance gentleman became the norm.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
Norm liked several men, but he didn't dream about any of them; if he was off his rocker, it was in some other manner.The Romantic Analogue|W.W. Skupeldyckle
Consciousness, therefore, is the norm or standard of reference for all questions arising out of a consideration of spatiality.
Norm likes you; and mother is as much obliged to you as she can be, for getting him to go a-fishing.
British Dictionary definitions for norm (1 of 4)
- the length of a vector expressed as the square root of the sum of the square of its components
- another name for mode (def. 6)
Word Origin for norm
British Dictionary definitions for norm (2 of 4)
Word Origin for Norm
British Dictionary definitions for norm (3 of 4)
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Word Origin and History for norm
"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.