|1.||[ verb ] mean or intend to express or convey|
"You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"
|Related terms:||convey symbolize denote drive spell aim signify intent|
|2.||[ verb ] have as a logical consequence|
"The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
|Related terms:||necessitate deduction|
|3.||[ verb ] denote or connote|
|Synonyms:||signify stand_for intend|
"`maison' means `house' in French" "An example sentence would show what this word means"
|Related terms:||signify meaning meaning sign|
|4.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||shall will plan aim design intention|
|5.||[ adjective ] (statistics) approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value|
"the average income in New England is below that of the nation" "of average height for his age" "the mean annual rainfall"
|Related terms:||statistics normal|
|6.||[ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n|
|Related terms:||average arithmetic_mean geometric_mean harmonic_mean statistics|
|7.||[ verb ] have a specified degree of importance|
"My ex-husband means nothing to me" "Happiness means everything"
|8.||[ verb ] intend to refer to|
"I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France" "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"
|Related terms:||relate associate mention|
|9.||[ adjective ] characterized by malice|
"a hateful thing to do" "in a mean mood"
|10.||[ adjective ] having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality|
"liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
|11.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 25319|
|12.||[ adjective ] used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity|
|Synonyms:||tight miserly small little mingy|
"a mean person" "he left a miserly tip"
|13.||[ adjective ] used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt|
|14.||[ adjective ] (slang) excellent|
"famous for a mean backhand"
|Related terms:||cant skilled|
|15.||[ adjective ] marked by poverty befitting a beggar|
"a beggarly existence in the slums" "a mean hut"
|16.||[ verb ] destine or designate for a certain purpose|
"These flowers were meant for you"