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Etymology

From Old French avarie, from [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] avaria

Noun

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average

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  1. (arithmetic) The arithmetic mean.
    The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.
  2. (arithmetic) Any measure of central tendency, especially the mean, median or mode (see Usage notes below).
  3. In various sports, an indication of a player's ability calculated from his scoring record, etc.
    batting average

Usage notes

  • The term average may refer to the statistical mean, median or mode of a distribution, or sometimes any other measure of central tendency. Statisticians and responsible news sources are careful to use whichever of these specific terms is appropriate. In common usage, average refers to the arithmetic mean. It is, however, a common rhetorical trick to call the most favorable of mean, median and mode the "average" depending on the interpretation of a set of figures that the speaker or writer wants to promote.

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Adjective

average (comparative more average, superlative most average)

  1. (not comparable) Constituting or relating to the average.
    The average age of the participants was 18.5.
  2. Neither very good nor very bad; rated somewhere in the middle of all others in the same category.
    I soon found I was only an average chess player.
  3. Typical.
    The average family will not need the more expensive features of this product.

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Verb

Infinitive
to average

Third person singular
averag

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to average (third-person singular simple present averag, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To compute the arithmetic mean of.
    If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.
  2. (transitive) Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.
    The daily high temperature last month averaged 15C.

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