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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

It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.
Charles Kingsley

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Maya Angelou

You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'
Maya Angelou

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
Albert Einstein

I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
Abraham Lincoln
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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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