normal

[ nawr-muh l ]
/ ˈnɔr məl /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. norland,
  2. norleucine,
  3. norm,
  4. norm.,
  5. norma,
  6. normal antibody,
  7. normal antitoxin,
  8. normal curve,
  9. normal distribution,
  10. normal distribution curve

Origin of normal

1520–30; < Latin normālis made according to a carpenter's square, equivalent to norm(a) (see norm) + -ālis -al1

Related forms

Normal

[ nawr-muh l ]
/ ˈnɔr məl /

noun

a city in central Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for normal

normal

/ (ˈnɔːməl) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsnormality (nɔːˈmælɪtɪ) or esp US normalcy, noun

Word Origin for normal

C16: from Latin normālis conforming to the carpenter's square, from norma norm

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Word Origin and History for normal

normal

adj.

c.1500, "typical, common;" 1640s, "standing at a right angle," from Late Latin normalis "in conformity with rule, normal," from Latin normalis "made according to a carpenter's square," from norma "rule, pattern," literally "carpenter's square" (see norm). Meaning "conforming to common standards, usual" is from 1828, but probably older than the record [Barnhart].

As a noun meaning "usual state or condition," from 1890. Sense of "normal person or thing" is from 1894. Normal school (1834) is from French école normale (1794), a republican foundation. The city of Normal, Illinois, U.S., was named 1857 for the normal school established there.

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Medicine definitions for normal

normal

[ nôrməl ]

adj.

n.

The usual or the expected state, form, amount, or degree.

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