- The definition of average is typical or common.
A person with brown hair, brown eyes, medium build and medium height is an example of an average individual.
- Average is defined as a value found by adding all of the numbers in a set together and then dividing them by the quantity of numbers in the set.
Six is an example of the average of five and seven.
average definition by Webster's New World
- the numerical result obtained by dividing the sum of two or more quantities by the number of quantities; an arithmetic mean
- grade-point average
- an approximation of this: an average of C in French
- usual or normal kind, amount, quality, rate, etc.: an intelligence above the average
- a number or value of a set of values carefully defined to typify the set, as a median or mode
- ☆ batting average
- Maritime Law
- a loss incurred by damage to a ship at sea or to its cargo
- an incurring of such loss
- the equitable division of such loss among the interested parties
- a charge arising from such loss
- any of various small charges paid by the master of a ship, as for pilotage or towage
Origin: altered (by associated, association with Middle English average, money rent paid in place of service by the tenant with his horses ; from aver, draft horse) ; from Old French avarie, damage to ship or goods, mooring charges ; from OIt avaria ; from Arabic ʿawār, damaged goods; order of main sense development (in average), , , , , and the like
- constituting an average: the average speed is high
- intermediate in value, rate, etc.; hence, normal or ordinary: an average student
- to be or amount to on an average: the children average six years of age
- to buy or sell additional fixed amounts, as of shares of stock, at lower or higher prices over time so as to get a better average price: usually with down or up
- to invest, as in shares of stock, fixed amounts of money at regular intervals so as to buy more at lower prices and less at higher prices: usually in phrase dollar (cost) averaging
- to calculate the average or mean of
- to do, take, etc. on an average: to average six hours of sleep a night
- to divide proportionately among more than two: they averaged the loss among themselves
average definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Mathematics a. A number that typifies a set of numbers of which it is a function.b. See arithmetic mean.
- a. An intermediate level or degree: near the average in size.b. The usual or ordinary kind or quality: Although the wines vary, the average is quite good.
- Sports The ratio of a team's or player's successful performances such as wins, hits, or goals, divided by total opportunities for successful performance, such as games, times at bat, or shots: finished the season with a .500 average; a batting average of .274.
- Law a. The loss of a ship or cargo, caused by damage at sea.b. The incurrence of damage or loss of a ship or cargo at sea.c. The equitable distribution of such a loss among concerned parties.d. A charge incurred through such a loss.
- Nautical Small expenses or charges that are usually paid by the master of a ship.
- Mathematics Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
- Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale: a player of average ability.
- Usual or ordinary in kind or character: a poll of average people; average eyesight.
- Assessed in accordance with the law of averages.
- Mathematics To calculate the average of: average a set of numbers.
- To do or have an average of: averaged three hours of work a day.
- To distribute proportionately: average one's income over four years so as to minimize the tax rate.
Origin: From Middle English averay, charge above the cost of freight, from Old French avarie, from Old Italian avaria, duty, from Arabic ‘awārīya, damaged goods, from ‘awār, blemish, from ‘awira, to be damaged; see עwr in Semitic roots.
- avˈer·age·ly adverb
- avˈer·age·ness noun
average - Business Definition
average - Cultural Definition
A single number that represents a set of numbers. Means, medians, and modes are kinds of averages; usually, however, the term average refers to a mean.
average - Investment & Finance Definition
A number arrived at by totaling a set of values and then dividing that sum by the number of values in the set. Averages, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), are cited as a measure of the stock market’s performance. To arrive at the DJIA, the prices of the 30 stocks in the DJIA are added and divided by an adjusted divisor whose value is printed daily in the Wall Street Journal.
average - Medical Definition
- A number that typifies a set of numbers of which it is a function.
- See arithmetic mean.
- An intermediate level or degree.
- Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
- Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale.
- To calculate the average of.
- To do or have an average of.
- To distribute proportionately, as over a period of time.
average - Phrases/Idioms
on (the) average
average - Science Definition