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# Definition of: average

(av**′**rij, av**′**ər·ij) noun **1.** Math. **a** The quotient of any sum divided by the number of its terms; the arithmetic mean. **b** A number representing an array of values of which it is a function. **2.** The ordinary rank, degree, or amount; general type. **3.** In marine law: **a** The loss arising by damage to a ship or cargo. **b** The proportion of such loss falling to a single person in an equitable distribution among those interested.

—*adjective* **1.** Obtained by calculating the mean of several. **2.** Medium; ordinary.

—*v.* **·aged,** **·ag·ing** *v.t.* **1.** To fix or calculate as the mean. **2.** To amount to or obtain an average of: He *averages* three dollars profit every hour. **3.** To apportion on the average.

—*v.i.* **4.** To be or amount to an average. [< F *avarie* damage to a ship or its cargo (see *noun* def. 3) <Ital. *avaria;* ult. origin uncertain]

—av′er·age·ly*adverb*

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