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Definition of 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

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. - Thomas A. Edison
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Thomas A. Edison

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

We should remember that saying 'I love you' is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love.
David A. Bednar

Presents don't really mean much to me. I don't want to sound mawkish, but - it was the realization that I have a great many people in my life who really love me, and who I really love.
Gabriel Byrne

Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What's one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.
Jon Katz
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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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