- 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 formsnorm·less, adjective
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|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“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|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Chris Allbritton|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of the norms that guided urban life were exactly the opposite of today's.
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|Marlow Stern|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The norms for girls appear in the second horizontal column, the norms for boys in the column at the bottom.The Science of Human Nature|William Henry Pyle
Of these norms, those governing marriage relations were of first importance.Elements of Folk Psychology|Wilhelm Wundt
For scientific work on the norms of a particular legal system requires that concepts be formed of the norms of just this system.
Binet was the first to utilize the idea of age standards, or norms, in the measurement of intelligence.The Measurement of Intelligence|Lewis Madison Terman
And lastly, the norms of international law, which are intended to bind the will of States, cannot be based on the will of a State.
British Dictionary definitions for norms (1 of 2)
- 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)