Mean

Mean

, n. 1. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure.
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But to speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude.
Bacon.
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There is a mean in all things.
Dryden.
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The extremes we have mentioned, between which the wellinstracted Christian holds the mean, are correlatives.
I. Taylor.
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2. (Math.) A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the nth root of the product of the n quantities being averaged.
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3. That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument.
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Their virtuous conversation was a mean to work the conversion of the heathen to Christ.
Hooker.
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You may be able, by this mean, to review your own scientific acquirements.
Coleridge.
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Philosophical doubt is not an end, but a mean.
Sir W. Hamilton.
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In this sense the word is usually employed in the plural form means, and often with a singular attribute or predicate, as if a singular noun.
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By this means he had them more at vantage.
Bacon.
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What other means is left unto us.
Shak.
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4. pl. Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance.
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Your means are very slender, and your waste is great.
Shak.
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5. (Mus.) A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part. [Obs.]
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The mean is drowned with your unruly base.
Shak.
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6. Meantime; meanwhile. [Obs.] Spenser.
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7. A mediator; a go-between. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.
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He wooeth her by means and by brokage.
Chaucer.
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By all means, certainly; without fail; as, go, by all means. -- By any means, in any way; possibly; at all.
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If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
Phil. iii. ll.
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-- By no means, or By no manner of means, not at all; certainly not; not in any degree.
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The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other.
Addison.
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