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mean

adjective (a)

  • Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble. (adjective)
    source: webster1913
  • Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: mean value
    source: wordnet30
  • That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value (adj.all)
    Synonym: average
    Example:
    The mean annual rainfall.
    source: wordnet30
  • characterized by malice (adj.all)
    Synonym: hateful
    Example:
    In a mean mood.
    source: wordnet30
  • having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality (adj.all)
    Synonym: base, meanspirited
    Example:
    Taking a mean advantage.
    Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort.
    Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics.
    source: wordnet30
  • excellent (adj.all)
    Example:
    Famous for a mean backhand.
    source: wordnet30
  • marked by poverty befitting a beggar (adj.all)
    Synonym: beggarly
    Example:
    A mean hut.
    source: wordnet30
  • (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity (adj.all)
    Synonym: mingy, miserly, tight
    Example:
    A mean person.
    source: wordnet30
  • (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt (adj.all)
    source: wordnet30
  • of no value or worth (adj.all)
    Synonym: bastardly
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • mean or intend to express or convey (verb.communication)
    Synonym: intend
    Example:
    You never understand what I mean!.
    source: wordnet30
  • have as a logical consequence (verb.stative)
    Synonym: entail, imply
    Example:
    The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers.
    source: wordnet30
  • denote or connote (verb.communication)
    Example:
    `maison' means `house' in French.
    An example sentence would show what this word means.
    source: wordnet30
  • have in mind as a purpose (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: intend, think
    Example:
    I mean no harm.
    I only meant to help you.
    source: wordnet30
  • have a specified degree of importance (verb.stative)
    Example:
    My ex-husband means nothing to me.
    Happiness means everything.
    source: wordnet30
  • intend to refer to (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!.
    source: wordnet30
  • destine or designate for a certain purpose (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    These flowers were meant for you.
    source: wordnet30
  • To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ? (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To have a purpose or intention. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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