- a standard, model, or pattern.
- general level or average: Two cars per family is the norm in most suburban communities.
- 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
Related Wordspattern, benchmark, rule, criterion, measure, model, par, scale, median, medium, gauge, yardstick, type, touchstone, mean, barometer
Examples from the Web for norms
That fantasy, however, is still heavily regimented by all sorts of norms.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
“I had started to become disillusioned with the norms of how people put together social structures,” recalls Miller.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
“It is a crime that goes against all human values and norms,” he continued.Abu Dhabi Treats U.S. Teacher’s Murder as Terrorist Attack
December 4, 2014
Some of the norms that guided urban life were exactly the opposite of today's.Great Cities are Born Filthy
July 13, 2014
Anyone who defies these so-called “norms” becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny, and the LGBT community knows this all too well.Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay in a Beautiful Speech at Human Rights Campaign Foundation Conference
February 15, 2014
We perceive this in the norms with which the research of the present is busily occupied.
Unless they are rooted in our own life, these norms are like misty forms in the air.
The norms of one will not satisfy the conditions of another stage of manifestation.The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
Production norms under the system have been low because of technological advances and the infrequency of adjustment of norms.Area Handbook for Bulgaria
Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
If he exists at all, his norms of worth may be, and probably are, very different from ours.
- an average level of achievement or performance, as of a group or person
- a standard of achievement or behaviour that is required, desired, or designated as normal
- sociol an established standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group to which each member is expected to conform
- 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)
- geology the theoretical standard mineral composition of an igneous rock
- a stereotype of the unathletic Australian male
Word Origin and History for norms
"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.