Norm definition

nôrm
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A standard, model, or pattern for a group.
  • Such a standard of achievement as represented by the median or average achievement of a large group.
  • A standard of conduct that should or must be followed.
  • A way of behaving that is typical of a certain group.
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To establish or judge in reference to a norm.

Normed the test on the basis of last year's results.

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The modulus of a complex number.
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Norm is defined as something that is considered "normal" and refers to something that is the usual, customary or accepted standard.

Saying "please" when you want something is an example of the norm.

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The magnitude of a vector.
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A pattern that is regarded as typical of something.

A neighborhood where families with two wage-earners are the norm.

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A standard or expectation that is established for a given enterprise or effort.

Journalistic norms.

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A pattern of behavior considered acceptable or proper by a social group.

Violated the norms of his community.

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An average.
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(usually definite, the norm) That which is regarded as normal or typical.

Unemployment is the norm in this part of the country.

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A rule that is enforced by members of a community.

Not eating your children is just one of those societal norms.

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(philosophy, computer science) A sentence with non-descriptive meaning, such as a command, permission, or prohibition.
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(mathematics) A function, generally denoted or , that maps vectors to non-negative scalars and has the following properties:
  • If then ;
  • Given a scalar , where is the absolute value of ;
  • Given two vectors , (the triangle inequality).
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(chess) A high level of performance in a chess tournament, several of which are required for a player to receive a title.
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(analysis) To endow (a vector space, etc) with a norm.
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A diminutive of the male given name Norman.
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To adjust (statistical results) so as to compensate for inequalities or differences in performance, as on a standardized test.
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Norman.
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(mathematics) To define a norm on (a space).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
norm
Plural:
norms

Origin of norm

  • French norme from Old French from Latin norma carpenter's square, norm gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin norma (“a carpenter's square, a rule, a pattern, a precept").

    From Wiktionary

  • Back-formation from normed.

    From Wiktionary