Six is an example of the average of five and seven.
A person with brown hair, brown eyes, medium build and medium height is an example of an average individual.
A movie of average length; a player of average ability.
A poll of average people; average eyesight.
Average a set of numbers.
Averaged three hours of work a day.
Average one's income over four years so as to minimize the tax rate.
Some sparrows are six inches long, but they average smaller. Our expenses averaged out to 45 dollars per day.
An intelligence above the average.
An average student.
The children average six years of age.
To average six hours of sleep a night.
They averaged the loss among themselves.
The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.
The average age of the participants was 18.5.
I soon found I was only an average chess player.
The average family will not need the more expensive features of this product.
If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.
The daily high temperature last month averaged 15°C.
Finished the season with a .500 average; a batting average of .274.
To average a loss.
The average speed is high.
- to arrive at an average eventually
- as an average quantity, rate, etc.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of average
- Early Modern English damage to a ship or its cargo, equitable distribution of the expenses from such damage, average from Middle English 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 ʕwr in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French avarie, from Old Italian avaria (which possibly from Arabic عوارية (ʕawārīya, “damaged goods”), from عوار (ʕawār, “fault, blemish, defect, flaw”), from عور (ʕáwira, “to lose an eye”)).