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Mean meaning

mean - 25 dictionary results

  1. 1. destine or designate for a certain purpose; " These flowers were meant for you"
  2. 2. 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!"
  3. 3. excellent; " famous for a mean backhand"
  4. 4. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?
  5. 5. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
  6. 6. To have a purpose or intention.
  7. 7. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
  8. 8. Wanting dignity of mind; low- minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.
  9. 9. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
  10. 10. Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
  11. 11. Penurious; stingy; close- fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
  12. 12. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
  13. 13. Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
  14. 14. Average; having an intermediate value between two extremes, or between the several successive values of a variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean distance; mean motion; mean solar day.
  15. 15. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure.
  16. 16. A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the square root of the product of the quantities.
  17. 17. That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument.
  18. 18. Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance.
  19. 19. A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
  20. 20. Meantime; meanwhile.
  21. 21. A mediator; a go- between.
  22. 22. A middle point, quantity, value, or degree; instrument.
  23. 23. Middle; average; low; humble; base; sordid.
  24. 24. To have in the mind.
  25. 25. To intend, signify.

mean - examples of usage

  1. " I know what you mean. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. M'm'selle, what you mean? - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. " I know what you mean, child. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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