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[n] an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
[adj] used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt
[adj] used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"
[adj] characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"
[adj] having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
[adj] marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"
[adj] (slang) excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"
[v] denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
[v] have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"
[v] destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you"
[v] "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"
[v] mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"
[v] have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
[v] have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"

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