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mean adj
1 approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall" [syn: average, mean(a)]
2 characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood" [syn: hateful]
3 having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics" [syn: base, meanspirited]
4 excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"
5 marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut" [syn: beggarly]
6 used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip" [syn: mingy, miserly, tight]
7 used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt [syn: beggarly] n : an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n [syn: mean value]


1 mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?" [syn: intend]
2 have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: entail, imply]
3 denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means" [syn: intend, signify, stand for]
4 have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night" [syn: intend, think]
5 have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
6 intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!" [syn: think of, have in mind]
7 destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you" [also: meant]meant See mean

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