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mean1 British & World English

Intend to convey or refer to (a particular thing); signify

mean2 British & World English

Unwilling to give or share things, especially money; not generous

mean3 British & World English

The value obtained by dividing the sum of several quantities by their number; an average

mean1 English Thesaurus

the flashing lights mean that the road is blocked

mean2 English Thesaurus

he's too mean to leave a tip

mean3 English Thesaurus

trying to find a mean between frankness and rudeness

I mean British & World English

Used to explain or correct a statement

mean well British & World English

Have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out

mean sun British & World English

An imaginary sun conceived as moving through the sky throughout the year at a constant speed equal to the mean rate of the real sun, used in calculating solar time

mean time British & World English

Another term for mean solar time.

mean time New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

mean solar time, the time shown on a clock

golden mean British & World English

The ideal moderate position between two extremes

no mean —— British & World English

Denoting something very good of its kind

mean-minded British & World English

Uncooperative, unkind, or unfair

mean streets British & World English

Used in reference to a socially deprived area of a city, or one which is noted for violence and crime

mean anomaly British & World English

The angle in an imaginary circular orbit corresponding to a planet’s eccentric anomaly

mean-spirited British & World English

Inconsiderate and unsympathetic

arithmetic mean British & World English

The average of a set of numerical values, as calculated by adding them together and dividing by the number of terms in the set

geometric mean British & World English

The central number in a geometric progression (e.g. 9 in 3, 9, 27), also calculable as the nth root of a product of n numbers

mean to say British & World English

Used to emphasize a statement or to ask another if they really intend to say something

mean free path British & World English

The average distance travelled by a gas molecule or other particle between collisions with other particles

mean sea level British & World English

The sea level halfway between the mean levels of high and low water

mean solar day British & World English

The time between successive passages of the mean sun across the meridian

mean solar time British & World English

Time as calculated by the motion of the mean sun (such as is shown by an ordinary clock)

root mean square British & World English

The square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of a set of values

root mean square New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(three words, hyphen when attributive; abbreviation rms)

Greenwich Mean Time British & World English

The mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian, adopted as the standard time in a zone that includes the British Isles

Greenwich Mean Time New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian

mean something to in mean1 British & World English

Be of a specified degree of importance to (someone)

mean something by in mean1 British & World English

Have something as a motive or explanation in saying or doing

I mean in mean1 British & World English

Used to explain or correct a statement

no mean —— in mean2 British & World English

Denoting something very good of its kind

mean well in mean1 British & World English

Have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out

mean streets in mean2 British & World English

Used in reference to a socially deprived area of a city, or one which is noted for violence and crime

mean to say in mean1 British & World English

Used to emphasize a statement or to ask another if they really intend to say something


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