Mean Definition

Define what is Mean?

1. mean, mean value (noun)

an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n.

    Synonyms: mean value
    Hypernyms

    average, norm noun
    a statistic describing the location of a distribution.

    Hyponyms

    arithmetic mean, expected value, first moment, expectation noun
    the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values.

    geometric mean noun
    the mean of n numbers expressed as the n-th root of their product.

    harmonic mean noun
    the mean of n numbers expressed as the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of the numbers.

    2. average, mean (adjective satellite)

    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.
    Synonyms: average
    Antonyms: abnormal [Indirect via normal] (adjective)

    not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm.

    • abnormal powers of concentration.
    • abnormal amounts of rain.
    • abnormal circumstances.
    • an abnormal interest in food.

    3. mean, intend (verb)

    mean or intend to express or convey.

    • You never understand what I mean!.
    • what do his words intend?.
    Synonyms: intend
    Hypernyms

    convey verb
    make known; pass on, of information.

    Hyponyms

    stand for, symbolize, represent, symbolise, typify verb
    express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol.

    signify verb
    convey or express a meaning.

    spell, import verb
    indicate or signify.

    aim verb
    direct (a remark) toward an intended goal.

    aim, drive, get verb
    move into a desired direction of discourse.

    4. entail, mean, imply (verb)

    have as a logical consequence.

    • The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers.
    Synonyms: entail, imply
    Hypernyms

    necessitate verb
    cause to be a concomitant.

    5. hateful, mean (adjective satellite)

    characterized by malice.

    • a hateful thing to do.
    • in a mean mood.
    Synonyms: hateful
    Antonyms: Nice [Indirect via nasty] (adjective)

    pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance.

    • what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty.
    • nice manners.
    • a nice dress.
    • a nice face.
    • a nice day.
    • had a nice time at the party.
    • the corn and tomatoes are nice today.

    6. meanspirited, mean, Base (adjective satellite)

    having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality.

    • that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble.
    • taking a mean advantage.
    • chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort.
    • something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics.
    Synonyms: meanspirited, Base
    Antonyms: noble [Indirect via ignoble] (adjective)

    having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character.

    • a noble spirit.
    • noble deeds.

    7. signify, stand for, mean, intend (verb)

    denote or connote.

    • `maison' means `house' in French.
    • An example sentence would show what this word means.
    Hyponyms

    denote, refer verb
    have as a meaning.

    8. mean (adjective satellite)

    excellent.

    • famous for a mean backhand.
    Antonyms: unskilled [Indirect via skilled] (adjective)

    not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency.

    • unskilled in the art of rhetoric.
    • an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber.
    • unskilled labor.
    • workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities.
    • unskilled workmanship.

    9. intend, mean, think (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: intend, think
    Hyponyms

    design verb
    intend or have as a purpose.

    be after, plan verb
    have the will and intention to carry out some action.

    purpose, aim, purport, propose verb
    propose or intend.

    10. beggarly, mean (adjective satellite)

    marked by poverty befitting a beggar.

    • a beggarly existence in the slums.
    • a mean hut.
    Synonyms: beggarly
    Antonyms: rich [Indirect via poor] (adjective)

    suggestive of or characterized by great expense.

    • a rich display.

    11. mean (verb)

    have a specified degree of importance.

    • My ex-husband means nothing to me.
    • Happiness means everything.

    12. have in mind, think of, mean (verb)

    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!.
    Hypernyms

    associate, colligate, link, relate, connect, tie in, link up verb
    make a logical or causal connection.

    Hyponyms

    cite, mention, refer, advert, name, bring up verb
    make reference to.

    13. mingy, miserly, tight, mean (adjective satellite)

    (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity.

    • a mean person.
    • he left a miserly tip.
    Synonyms: mingy, miserly, tight
    Antonyms: generous [Indirect via stingy] (adjective)

    willing to give and share unstintingly.

    • a generous donation.

    14. mean (verb)

    destine or designate for a certain purpose.

    • These flowers were meant for you.
    Hypernyms

    destine, intend, designate, specify verb
    design or destine.

    15. beggarly, mean (adjective satellite)

    (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt.

      Synonyms: beggarly
      Antonyms: generous [Indirect via stingy] (adjective)

      willing to give and share unstintingly.

      • a generous donation.

      16. bastardly, mean (adjective satellite)

      of no value or worth.

      • I was caught in the bastardly traffic.
      Synonyms: bastardly
      Nearby Terms

      mean deviation (noun)
      the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of deviations from the mean of a distribution

      mean deviation from the mean (noun)
      the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of deviations from the mean of a distribution

      mean distance (noun)
      the arithmetic mean of the maximum and minimum distances of a celestial body (satellite or secondary star) from its primary

      mean solar day (noun)
      time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis

      mean solar time (noun)
      (astronomy) time based on the motion of the mean sun (an imaginary sun moving uniformly along the celestial equator)

      mean sun (noun)
      a theoretical sun that moves along the celestial equator at a constant speed and completes its annual course in the same amount of time the real sun takes at variable speeds

      mean time (noun)
      (astronomy) time based on the motion of the mean sun (an imaginary sun moving uniformly along the celestial equator)

      mean value (noun)
      an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

      meander (noun)
      a bend or curve, as in a stream or river

      meandering (adjective satellite)
      of a path e.g.

      meanderingly (adverb)
      in a meandering manner

      meanie (noun)
      a person of mean disposition

      meaning (noun)
      the message that is intended or expressed or signified

      meaningful (adjective)
      having a meaning or purpose

      meaningfully (adverb)
      in a meaningful manner; so as to be meaningful