What is average?

  • (verb): Amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain.
    Synonyms: average out
    See also — Additional definitions below


In mathematics, an average is a measure of the "middle" or "typical" value of a data set. It is thus a measure of central tendency.

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Some articles on average:

King's Lynn - Geography - Climate
... recorded in August 2003, though in a more average year the warmest day will only reach 29.4c (84.9f), with 13.8 days in total attaining a temperature of 25.1c (77 ... All averages refer to the 30 year observation period 1971-2000. 33.5 (92.3) 35.1 (95.2) 29.0 (84.2) 25.0 (77.0) 17.8 (64.0) 16.4 (61.5) 35.1 (95.2) Average high °C (°F) 6.5 (43.7) 7.1 (44.8) 10.0 (50.0) 12.2 (54.0) 15.9 (60.6) 18.7 (65.7) 21.5 (70.7) 21.8 (71.2) 18.4 (65.1) 14.2 (5 ...
Honolulu - Geography - Climate
... Temperatures vary little throughout the months, with average high temperatures of 80–90 °F (27–32 °C) and average lows of 65–75 °F (18–24 °C) throughout the year ... Waters off the coast of Honolulu average 81 °F (27 °C) in the summer months and 77 °F (25 °C) in the winter months ... Annual average rain is 21.1 in (540 mm), which mainly occurs during the winter months of October through early April, with very little rainfall during the summer ...
Louisiana - Geography - Climate
89 70 5.4 73 ... 5.7 72 ... 4.5 68 ... 3.6 57 ... 4.8 48 ... 5.2 43 ... Average max. 22 ... 20 ... 14 ... 9 ... 6 ... Average max ... 70 ... 3.9 61 ... 4.6 52 ... 4.6 46 ... Average max ...
Geography Of Switzerland - Climate
... plateau, freezing temperatures generally occur during December-early March with an average temperature of 9 °C (48.2 °F) for elevations between 500–600 metres (1,640–1,969 ft) ... On the Plateau the average precipitation is 1,000 millimetres (39 in) with a range of about 800–1,300 millimetres (31.5–51.2 in) ... north and south of the Alps) typically have more precipitation, with an average of 1,200–1,600 millimetres (47.2–63.0 in), while the high Alps may have ...
Geography Of North Korea - Climate
... The daily average high and low temperatures for P'yongyang in January are −3 and −13 °C (27 and 9 °F) ... On average, it snows thirty-seven days during the winter ... The daily average high and low temperatures for Pyongyang in August are 29 and 20 °C (84 and 68 °F) ...

More definitions of "average":

  • (adj): Relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in an even-numbered set).
    Synonyms: median
  • (noun): A statistic describing the location of a distribution.
    Synonyms: norm
  • (adj): Of no exceptional quality or ability.
    Example: "A novel of average merit"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"
    Synonyms: fair, mediocre, middling
  • (verb): Achieve or reach on average.
    Example: "He averaged a C"
  • (adj): Relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution.
    Synonyms: modal
  • (adj): Approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value.
    Example: "The average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"
    Synonyms: mean
  • (adj): Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered.
    Example: "Average people"
    Synonyms: ordinary
  • (adj): Around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures.
    Example: "An orange of average size"
    Synonyms: intermediate, medium

Famous quotes containing the word average:

    ... there is nothing more irritating to a feminist than the average “Woman’s Page” of a newspaper, with its out-dated assumption that all women have a common trade interest in the household arts, and a common leisure interest in clothes and the doings of “high society.” Women’s interests to-day are as wide as the world.
    Crystal Eastman (1881–1928)

    Here is a golden Rule.... Write legibly. The average temper of the human race would be perceptibly sweetened, if everybody obeyed this Rule!
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)

    The average Kentuckian may appear a bit confused in his knowledge of history, but he is firmly certain about current politics. Kentucky cannot claim first place in political importance, but it tops the list in its keen enjoyment of politics for its own sake. It takes the average Kentuckian only a matter of moments to dispose of the weather and personal helath, but he never tires of a political discussion.
    —For the State of Kentucky, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)