What is average?

  • (verb): Compute the average of.
    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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Louisiana - Geography - Climate
... 5.7 72 ... 4.5 68 ... 3.6 57 ... 4.8 48 ... 5.2 43 ... Average max. 20 ... 14 ... 9 ... 6 ... Average max ... 6.1 66 ... 6.1 72 ... 5.1 74 ... 4.9 74 ... 70 ... 3.9 61 ... 4.6 52 ... 4.6 46 ... Average max ...
Geography Of Switzerland - Climate
... 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 over 2,500 ...
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 ... 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 ...
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) ...
King's Lynn - Geography - Climate
... stands at 35.1c (95.2f) 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 (77.2f ... All averages refer to the 30 year observation period 1971-2000. 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 (57 ...

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
  • (verb): Achieve or reach on average.
    Example: "He averaged a C"
  • (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): Relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution.
    Synonyms: modal
  • (noun): A statistic describing the location of a distribution.
    Synonyms: norm
  • (adj): Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered.
    Example: "Average people"
    Synonyms: ordinary
  • (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): Amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain.
    Synonyms: average out
  • (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:

    You preferred it to the usual thing:
    One dull man, dulling and uxorious,
    One average mind—with one thought less, each year.
    Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

    A two-week-old infant cries an average of one and a half hours every day. This increases to approximately three hours per day when the child is about six weeks old. By the time children are twelve weeks old, their daily crying has decreased dramatically and averages less than one hour. This same basic pattern of crying is present among children from a wide range of cultures throughout the world. It appears to be wired into the nervous system of our species.
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century)

    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)