Definition Of mean


(especially of a place) poor in quality and appearance; shabby.

her home was mean and small

(of a quantity) calculated as a mean; average.

by 1989, the mean age at marriage stood at 24.8 for women and 26.9 for men

a condition, quality, or course of action equally removed from two opposite (usually unsatisfactory) extremes.

the mean between two extremes

equally far from two extremes.

hope is the mean virtue between despair and presumption

excellent; very skillful or effective.

he's a mean cook

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Example Of mean

  • mean life

  • a mean act

  • A mean of 2.63 was reported for the number of courses completed.

  • A day out in Edinburgh does usually mean walking around the city, but suppose we just stayed in-doors.

  • acid output was calculated by taking the mean of all three samples

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