Meaning of mean

Definition of mean

(adj) 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"
characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"
having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"
marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
of no value or worth; "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"
(noun) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
(verb) mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"
have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
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"
have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
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!"
destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you"

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