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Definition of mean:

  1. A mediator; a go- between.
  2. A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
  6. 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.
  7. Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
  8. Meantime; meanwhile.
  9. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
  10. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
  11. Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
  12. Penurious; stingy; close- fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. To have a purpose or intention.
  16. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?
  17. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
  18. Wanting dignity of mind; low- minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.


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Usage examples:

  • Do you mean that, Hiram?

    - "Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane", Roy Rockwood.
  • " I- oh, you can't mean it?

    - "The Miller Of Old Church", Ellen Glasgow.
  • What do you mean, 'what's with me?

    - "The Fourth R", George Oliver Smith.