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median
as in:  the median score


median household income
  the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values)

The median of 2,4,7,7 is 5.5.
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Strongly Associated with:   mean, mode
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  • Then, as he reaches the highway median, he hears another gunshot, and a small blue splotch appears on the center divider.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • THERE ARE THREE OF THEM, not in a clump like city folk, but spaced out in the median strip.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • On the highway, beside an SUV that had run into the median strip, starlight glinted off the unmistakable shape of a rifle barrel, and for a second my heart stopped.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • When she tapped the digits of her current temperature, it could show the average temperature for the previous twenty-four hours, the high and the low, the median.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Then, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, we crossed over from this wasteland into a place carpeted with green grass, with trees along both sides of the road and flower beds running down the middle of a median strip.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • The median was covered in grass, burnt and struggling, kept alive by a pair of men in red jumpsuits who were watering it with a hose.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He was on foot, walking down the center of the median, his backpack over one shoulder, earphones on.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • ln the disposition of capital cases in the United States, the median elapsed time between sentence and execution is approximately seventeen months.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • He’d have to cross to the median of the highway, but then it would be a short sprint.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • For an instant, Sophie seemed to consider taking the shortcut across the rotary by plowing straight ahead, through the median’s perimeter hedge, and bisecting the large circle of grass in the center.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • TheDragon Wing was but a mile past the median of the Eye, the sloops were but two miles behind her, and the Eye itself was quickly building toward its full fury.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • There was that consistent increase of moisture at median altitudes, and in certain winds.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She blabbed hysterically about Billy and the airplane crash, and then she put her car in gear and crossed the median divider, leaving her exhaust system behind.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The Volvo careened up an inclined median, and Katherine could feel her neck about to give way beneath his weight.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • We went off the road and slid into the grassy median.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • All the cars were going off to the median, heading around something.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • She pointed out the obvious as they drove-that the first daffodils had pushed their brave heads through the snow on the median strip of Main Street; that the Sterling College crew team was training on the Connecticut River, the bows of their boats breaking through the residual ice.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The freeway picks up strange reflections in the rain from oncoming lights across the median.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • There were two, a start from the east and a return from the west, done at an average speed of two hundred and fourteen miles per hour, at a median altitude by corrected altimeter of eight hundred feet and an—
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • We reached the point where the concrete barrier gives way to a twenty-yard stretch of landscaped median no higher than a curbstone.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • In the median, palm trees rustled past.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He stepped out of his canoe and walked up to a man, a soldier of some kind, standing on the grassy median—New Orleanians called it the neutral ground.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He had on a black fright mask with thick, handpainted median-gray streaks.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Dawson stepped from the road onto the narrow gravel median beside it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • A truck sped past, leaving a blast of dust in its wake, and Katie moved onto the sandy median.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • In a terrifying second, the car hit the median and started rolling over onto the passenger side.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • Fifty-six percent of the users were men, and the median age range for all users was twenty-one to thirty-five.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Because the median age of our readers is fifty-plus, and the growth in readers in their twenties is almost zero.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Suddenly many grandparents received a significant cash infusion (topping out at $3 per day, or twice the local median income).
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • "The ball entered through the occipital bone about one inch to the left of the median line and just above the left lateral sinus, which it opened," the autopsy will read.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • And then she was thinking of the Frenchman’s balls, of rugaeform folds, of the median raphe that separated one bollock from the other, of the dartos muscle, the cells of Sertoli.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She drops into a fetal position to pass underneath a semi, headed for the Jersey barrier in the median strip like she’s going to die, but Jersey barriers are easy for the smartwheels.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • For the Sony Corporation, a picture of a man sitting cross-legged on the median strip of a sixteen-lane superhighway in a business suit, a big Sony radio on his lap, a seraphic smile on his kisser.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The median age of Colorado’s ranchers and farmers is about fifty-five, and roughly half of the state’s open land will change hands during the next two decades — a potential boon for real estate developers.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I made it to my locker and grabbed my calc notebook, but then I just stayed, even after the second bell rang, standing still in the middle of the hallway while people rushed past me in both directions, like I was the median in their freeway.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • …was bittersweet, and after he had lit the lamps he watched the smoke twist into the chimneys as he floated in and out of circusesimpoverished Gypsy circuses in coastal Sicilian towns, at odds with the blue surf and the citrus groves; Baltic circuses that were colorful and warm despite the dirty gray clouds that lashed the tents with rain; and Roman circuses, the perfect median, with tents of saffron-colored canvas, and sparkling lights, in balance in every way, just like Rome itself.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Your median student in those studies comes from a family making over a hundred thousand dollars, and that’s in nineteen ninety dollars," Cohen says.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Somehow he made it to the median alive.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • A row of palm trees began in the median grass, all of them newly planted, some still wrapped in burlap.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • On the southbound roadway are policemen who have finally stopped traffic on their side of the interstate, and have made it to the median dividing the north and southbound lanes.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • The buzzards feeding in the median heaved their cumbersome bodies into the air.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The buzzards had found the three bodies lying in the median; three fat birds waddled in for a closer look while the rest of the flock circled in the updrafts high overhead.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The neighborhood’s median income was about $15,000 a year, well less than half the U.S. average.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It must have been the blinding snow that caused the driver to leap the median without noting an object on the other side.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Hamilton kept plowing through the water and when the rain lightened he veered up the side of the median and screeched back onto the highway and kept going.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • A pair of young soldiers stood in the median, stopping cars.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I’d lost it on the median when the Silencer struck from the woods.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Walking along, bobbing my head up and down, swinging it from side to side, backpack popping against one shoulder blade, the rifle against the other, walking on the outside edge of the median that separates the southbound from the northbound lanes, stopping every few strides to whip around and scan the terrain behind me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
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Associated words [difficulty]:   median [4] , mean [9] , mode [1] , mediate [5] , medial [9] , mode [1] , extrapolate [7] , regression analysis [7] , logarithmic scale [8] , interpolate [9] , interpolate [9] , mean [9]
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