There are 2 definitions of normal in English:


Line breaks: nor¦mal
Pronunciation: /ˈnɔːm(ə)l


  • 2 technical (Of a line, ray, or other linear feature) intersecting a given line or surface at right angles: a single plane of symmetry with a diad axis normal to it
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    • Unless the radar signal is normal to some surface (extremely low probability) the radar receives no return.
    • In physics, the critical angle is described with respect to the normal line.
    • The hard perturbations in this study caused the trajectory to move in a direction that was normal to the limit cycle.
  • 3 Medicine (Of a salt solution) containing the same salt concentration as the blood: dilute the stock solution with sterile water or normal saline
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    • Therefore, 1L of normal saline should be given per hour to start.
    • An infusion of IV normal saline frequently corrects hypotension and increases cardiac output.
    • The probe was rinsed with sterile normal saline between measurements of each raft.
  • 3.1 Chemistry , • dated (Of a solution) containing one gram-equivalent of solute per litre.
  • 4 Geology Denoting a fault or faulting in which a relative downward movement occurred in the strata situated on the upper side of the fault plane.
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    • As much as 1.3 km of sediment were eroded on the footwall blocks of normal faults at that time.
    • In addition, large-scale isoclinal folds and normal faults with throws exceeding 10m locally occur.
    • Massive dolomite and dolomitic breccias are separated by a normal fault from the upper part of the sequence.


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  • 1 [mass noun] The usual, typical, or expected state or condition: her temperature was above normal the service will be back to normal next week
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    • Things have reverted pretty much back to normal, or whatever normal means when Lindsey and I are involved.
    • He was back to normal, well normal for him, but definitely strange to most people.
    • Everything is now back to normal and the game continues every Wednesday night.
  • 1.1 informal A person who is conventional or healthy.
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    • As Modes had promised beforehand, the march ended with the clowns piling into three small cars and driving off, ‘leaving the normals confused and frightened.’
    • ‘Ah, but if Mutants are perfectly capable of living with normals,’ she observes, ‘why are they exiled from the rest of us?’
    • Also, let us not forget that the military institution provides us with a means to segregate the less desirable members of society from the rest of us normals.
  • 2 technical A line at right angles to a given line or surface: the view is along the normal to the surface
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    • Since normals to a straight line never intersect and tangents coincide with the curve, evolutes, involutes and pedal curves are not too interesting.
    • It deals with normals to conics regarded as maximum and minimum straight lines drawn from particular points to the curve.
    • Since these forces are strongest for orientation of the surface normal perpendicular to the rotation axis, this may cause a slight preference for alignment of the bilayer normals perpendicular to the rotor axis.


the new normal

chiefly North American
A previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual, or expected: 32% of Americans say spending less is the new normal, according to a recent poll
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  • Is $3 gas the new normal?
  • The term 'extreme weather' has become the new normal.
  • Crisis has become the new normal for the nuclear medicine department at the Trois-Rivieres regional hospital, he said.


mid 17th century (in the sense 'right-angled'): from Latin normalis, from norma 'carpenter's square' (see norm). Current senses date from the early 19th century.

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Syllabification: Nor·mal
Pronunciation: /ˈnôrməl/

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  • A town in central Illinois, home to Illinois State University (originally a normal, or teachers, school); population 52,056 (est. 2008).

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