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## Definition

the average numberFor example, the mean of 1 & 3 is 2.

More generally, the mean of n numbers is computed by dividing the sum of the numbers by n; for example, the mean of 1, 2, and 6

= (1+2+6) / 3

= 9 / 3

= 3

Much more commonly,

*mean*refers to

*meaning*or to being unkind.

- We have a
__mean__annual rainfall of 23 inches.

mean = average

__Mean__income is distorted by a small number of people with very high income. I suggest looking at median income instead.- The planet Mars, I scarcely need remind the reader, revolves about the sun at a
__mean__distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received by this world.H.G. Wells --*The War of the Worlds* - The log indicated a
__mean__speed of between eight and nine miles.Jules Verne --*Around the World in 80 Days* - The
__mean__distance from the Atlantic to the Mississippi does not probably exceed seven hundred and fifty miles.Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay --*The Federalist Papers* - The
__mean__breadth of this territory does not exceed one hundred miles; but it is about nine hundred miles in length.Alexis de Toqueville --*Democracy In America, Volume 1* - This would be a population proportionate to that of Europe, taken at a
__mean__rate of 410 inhabitants to the square league.Alexis de Toqueville --*Democracy In America, Volume 1* - It has been calculated that the whites advance every year a
__mean__distance of seventeen miles along the whole of his vast boundary.Alexis de Toqueville --*Democracy In America, Volume 1* - One hundred millions of men disseminated over the surface of the twenty-four States, and the three dependencies, which constitute the Union, would only give 762 inhabitants to the square league; this would be far below the
__mean__population of France, which is 1,063 to the square league; or of England, which is 1,457;Alexis de Toqueville --*Democracy In America, Volume 1* - Computing the distance between the thirty-first and forty-fifth degrees, it amounts to nine hundred and seventy-three common miles; computing it from thirty-one to forty-two degrees, to seven hundred and sixty-four miles and a half. Taking the
__mean__for the distance, the amount will be eight hundred and sixty-eight miles and three-fourths.Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay --*The Federalist Papers* - That is the
__mean__; that is the average.Virginia Woolf --*The Waves*

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