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Definition of Mean

Mean

  1. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?
  2. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
  3. To have a purpose or intention.
  4. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
  5. Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.
  6. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
  7. Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
  8. Penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
  9. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
  10. Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
  17. Meantime; meanwhile.
  18. A mediator; a go-between.

Mean Quotations

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. - Andy Rooney
If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.
Andy Rooney

Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.
Trey Parker

My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.
Maya Angelou

For my birthday this year, my girlfriends - who knew I'd just inherited my dad's turntable - gave me a carton of albums like 'Blue Kentucky Girl,' by Emmylou Harris, and 'Off the Wall,' by Michael Jackson. It's all stuff we grew up with. I mean, you can't have a music collection without Prince's 'Purple Rain' - it just can't be done!
Connie Britton

What does it mean to love someone with all your heart? It means to love with all your emotional feelings and with all your devotion. Surely when you love your wife with all your heart, you cannot demean her, criticize her, find fault with her, or abuse her by words, sullen behavior, or actions.
Ezra Taft Benson
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Mean Translations

mean in Afrikaans is bedoel, beteken, gemiddeld
mean in Danish is betyde, gennemsnitlig
mean in Dutch is gemiddeld
mean in German is beabsichtigen, meinen, bedeute
mean in Italian is esoso, supporre, infame, volere dire
mean in Latin is innuo, pusillus, pertinax
mean in Portuguese is meio, tencionar
mean in Spanish is significar, vil, ro oso
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