- A number that typifies a set of numbers of which it is a function.
- See arithmetic mean.
- An intermediate level or degree: near the average in size.
- The usual or ordinary kind or quality: Although the wines vary, the average is quite good.
- Sports. The ratio of a team's or player's successful performances such as wins, hits, or goals, divided by total opportunities for successful performance, such as games, times at bat, or shots: finished the season with a .500 average; a batting average of .274.
- The loss of a ship or cargo, caused by damage at sea.
- The incurrence of damage or loss of a ship or cargo at sea.
- The equitable distribution of such a loss among concerned parties.
- A charge incurred through such a loss.
- Nautical. Small expenses or charges that are usually paid by the master of a ship.
- Mathematics. Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
- Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale: a player of average ability.
- Usual or ordinary in kind or character: a poll of average people; average eyesight.
- Assessed in accordance with the law of averages.
v., -aged, -agÂ·ing, -agÂ·es. v.tr.
- Mathematics. To calculate the average of: average a set of numbers.
- To do or have an average of: averaged three hours of work a day.
- To distribute proportionately: average one's income over four years so as to minimize the tax rate.
To be or amount to an average: Some sparrows are six inches long, but they average smaller. Our expenses averaged out to 45 dollars per day.phrasal verbs:
- To purchase shares of the same security at successively lower prices in order to reduce the average price of one's position.
- To purchase shares of the same security at successively higher prices in order to achieve a larger position at an average price that is lower than the current market value.
[From Middle English averay, charge above the cost of freight, from Old French avarie, from Old Italian avaria, duty, from Arabic â€˜awÄrÄ«ya, damaged goods, from â€˜awÄr, blemish, from â€˜awira, to be damaged.]averagely av'erÂ·ageÂ·ly adv.
averageness av'erÂ·ageÂ·ness n.
SYNONYMS average, medium, mediocre, fair, middling, indifferent, tolerable. These adjectives indicate a middle position on a scale of evaluation. Average and medium apply to what is midway between extremes and imply both sufficiency and lack of distinction: a novel of average merit; an orange of medium size. Mediocre stresses the undistinguished aspect of what is average: â€œThe caliber of the students . . . has gone from mediocre to above averageâ€ (Judy Pasternak). What is fair is passable but substantially below excellent: in fair health. Middling refers to a ranking between average and mediocre: gave a middling performance. Indifferent suggests neutrality: â€œHis home, alas, was but an indifferent atticâ€ (Edward Everett Hale). Something tolerable is merely acceptable: prepared a tolerable meal.