Pronunciation: mēn
v. t.1.To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do?
[imp. & p. p. Meant (mĕnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Meaning.]
What mean ye by this service ?
- Ex. xii. 26.
I am not a Spaniard
To say that it is yours and not to mean it.
- Longfellow.
2.To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
What mean these seven ewe lambs ?
- Gen. xxi. 29.
Go ye, and learn what that meaneth.
- Matt. ix. 13.
v. i.1.To have a purpose or intention.
1.Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
2.Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.
3.Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
The Roman legions and great Cæsar found
Our fathers no mean foes.
- J. Philips.
4.Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
5.Penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
1.Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
Being of middle age and a mean stature.
- Sir. P. Sidney.
2.Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
3.(Math.) 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.
Mean distance
(Astron.) the average of the distances throughout one revolution of the planet, equivalent to the semi-major axis of the orbit.
Mean error
(Math. Phys.) the average error of a number of observations found by taking the mean value of the positive and negative errors without regard to sign.
Mean-square error
(Math. Phys.) the error the square of which is the mean of the squares of all the errors; - called also, mean square deviation, mean error.
Mean line
(Crystallog.) Same as Bisectrix.
Mean noon
noon as determined by mean time.
Mean proportional
(Math.) the square root of their product.
Mean sun
a fictitious sun supposed to move uniformly in the equator so as to be on the meridian each day at mean noon.
Mean time
time as measured by an equable motion, as of a perfect clock, or as reckoned on the supposition that all the days of the year are of a mean or uniform length, in contradistinction from apparent time, or that actually indicated by the sun, and from sidereal time, or that measured by the stars.
n.1.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.
There is a mean in all things.
- Dryden.
2.(Math.) 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 nth root of the product of the n quantities being averaged.
3.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.
Philosophical doubt is not an end, but a mean.
- Sir W. Hamilton.
4.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.
5.(Mus.) A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
The mean is drowned with your unruly base.
- Shak.
6.Meantime; meanwhile.
7.A mediator; a go-between.
By all means
certainly; without fail; as, go, by all means.
By any means
in any way; possibly; at all.
Noun1.mean - an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
Synonyms: mean value
Verb1.mean - mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"
Synonyms: intend
2.mean - have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
Synonyms: entail, imply
3.mean - denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
4.mean - 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"
Synonyms: intend, think
5.mean - have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
6.mean - 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!"
7.mean - destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you"
Adj.1.mean - 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"
Synonyms: average
2.mean - characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"
Synonyms: hateful
3.mean - 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"
Synonyms: meanspirited, base
4.mean - excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"
5.mean - marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"
Synonyms: beggarly
6.mean - used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"
Synonyms: mingy, miserly, tight
7.mean - used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt
Synonyms: beggarly

MEAN. This word is sometimes used for mesne. (q.v.)

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Meal worm
meals on wheels
mealy bug
mealy sage
-- Mean --
mean deviation
mean deviation from the mean
mean distance
Mean error
Mean line
Mean noon
Mean proportional
mean solar day
mean solar time
mean square deviation
mean sun
mean time
Mean Time Between Failures
Mean Time Between Faults
Mean Time To Recovery
mean value
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