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MEAN, a. [L. communis, vulgus, minor and minuo.]

1. Wanting dignity; low in rank or birth; as a man of mean parentage,mean birth or origin.

2. Wanting dignity of mind; low minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless.

Can you imagine I so mean could prove,

To save my life by changing of my love?

3. Contemptible; despicable.

The Roman legions and great Caesar found

Our fathers no mean foes.

4. Of little value; low in worth or estimation; worthy of little or no regard.

We fast, not to please men, nor to promote any mean worldly interest.

5. Of little value; humble; poor; as a mean abode; a mean dress.

MEAN, a. [L. medium, medius.]

1. Middle; at an equal distance from the extremes; as the means distance; the mean proportion between quantities; the mean ratio.

According to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or lowly.

2. Intervening; intermediate; coming between; as in the mean time or while.

MEAN, n. The middle point or place; the middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium. Observe the golden mean.

There is a mean in all things.

But no authority of gods or men

Allow of any mean in poesy.

1. Intervening time; interval of time; interim; meantime.

And in the mean, vouchsafe her honorable tomb.

Here is an omission of time or while.

2. Measure; regulation. [Not in use.]

3. Instrument; that which is used to effect an object; the medium through which something is done.

The virtuous conversation of christians was a mean to work the conversion of the heathen to Christ.

In this sense, means, in the plural,is generally used, and often with a definitive and verb in the singular.

By this means he had them more at vantage.

A good character,when established, should not be rested on as an end, but employed as a means of doing good.

4. Means, in the plural, income, revenue, resources, substance or estate, considered as the instrument of effecting any purpose. He would have built a house, but he wanted means.

Your means are slender.

5. Instrument of action or performance.

By all means, without fail. Go, by all means.

By no means, not at all; certainly not; not in any degree.

The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other.

By no manner of means, by no means; not the least.

By any means, possibly; at all.

If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. Phil.3.

Meantime

Meanwhile, in the intervening time. [In this use of these words there is an omission of in or in the; in the meantime.]

MEAN, v.t. pret. and pp. meant; pronounced ment. [L. mens; Eng.mind; L. intendo, propono.]

1. To have in the mind, view or contemplation; to intend.

What mean you by this service? Ex.12.

2. To intend; to purpose; to design, with reference to a future act.

Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it for good. Gen.1.

3. To signify; to indicate.

What mean these seven ewe lambs? Gen.21.

What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? 1 Sam.4.

Go ye, and learn what that meaneth-- Matt.9.

MEAN, v.i. To have thought or ideas; or to have meaning.




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MEAN, a. [L. communis, vulgus, minor and minuo.]

1. Wanting dignity; low in rank or birth; as a man of mean parentage,mean birth or origin.

2. Wanting dignity of mind; low minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless.

Can you imagine I so mean could prove,

To save my life by changing of my love?

3. Contemptible; despicable.

The Roman legions and great Caesar found

Our fathers no mean foes.

4. Of little value; low in worth or estimation; worthy of little or no regard.

We fast, not to please men, nor to promote any mean worldly interest.

5. Of little value; humble; poor; as a mean abode; a mean dress.

MEAN, a. [L. medium, medius.]

1. Middle; at an equal distance from the extremes; as the means distance; the mean proportion between quantities; the mean ratio.

According to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or lowly.

2. Intervening; intermediate; coming between; as in the mean time or while.

MEAN, n. The middle point or place; the middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium. Observe the golden mean.

There is a mean in all things.

But no authority of gods or men

Allow of any mean in poesy.

1. Intervening time; interval of time; interim; meantime.

And in the mean, vouchsafe her honorable tomb.

Here is an omission of time or while.

2. Measure; regulation. [Not in use.]

3. Instrument; that which is used to effect an object; the medium through which something is done.

The virtuous conversation of christians was a mean to work the conversion of the heathen to Christ.

In this sense, means, in the plural,is generally used, and often with a definitive and verb in the singular.

By this means he had them more at vantage.

A good character,when established, should not be rested on as an end, but employed as a means of doing good.

4. Means, in the plural, income, revenue, resources, substance or estate, considered as the instrument of effecting any purpose. He would have built a house, but he wanted means.

Your means are slender.

5. Instrument of action or performance.

By all means, without fail. Go, by all means.

By no means, not at all; certainly not; not in any degree.

The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other.

By no manner of means, by no means; not the least.

By any means, possibly; at all.

If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. Phil.3.

Meantime

Meanwhile, in the intervening time. [In this use of these words there is an omission of in or in the; in the meantime.]

MEAN, v.t. pret. and pp. meant; pronounced ment. [L. mens; Eng.mind; L. intendo, propono.]

1. To have in the mind, view or contemplation; to intend.

What mean you by this service? Ex.12.

2. To intend; to purpose; to design, with reference to a future act.

Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it for good. Gen.1.

3. To signify; to indicate.

What mean these seven ewe lambs? Gen.21.

What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? 1 Sam.4.

Go ye, and learn what that meaneth-- Matt.9.

MEAN, v.i. To have thought or ideas; or to have meaning.


MEAN, n.

  1. The middle point or place; the middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium. Observe the golden mean. There is a mean in all things. Dryden. But no authority of gods or men / Allow of any mean in poesy. Roscommon.
  2. Intervening time; interval of time; interim; meantime. And in the mean, vouchsafe her honorable tomb. Spenser. Here is an omission of time or while.
  3. Measure; regulation. [Not in use.] Spenser.
  4. Instrument; that which is used to effect an object; the medium through which something is done. The virtuous conversation of Christians was a mean to work the conversion of the heathen to Christ. Hooker. In this sense, means, in the plural, is generally used, and often with a definitive and verb in the singular. By this means he had them more at vantage. Bacon. A good character, when established, should not be rested on as an end, but employed as a means of doing good. Atterbury.
  5. Means, in the plural, income, revenue, resources, substance or estate, considered as the instrument of effecting any purpose. He would have built a house, but he wanted means. Your means are slender. Shak.
  6. Instrument of action or performance. By all means, without fail. Go, by all means. By no means, not at all; certainly not; not in any degree. The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other. Addison. By no manner of means, by no means; not the leant. Burke. By any means, possibly; at all. If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. Phil. iii. Meantime, or Meanwhile, in the intervening time. [In this use of these words there is an omission of in or in the; in the meantime.]

MEAN, v.i.

To have thought or ideas; or to have meaning. Pope.


MEAN, v.t. [pret. and pp. meant; pronounced ment; Sax. mænan, menan, to mean, to intend, also to relate, to recite or tell, also to moan, to lament; G. meinen; D. meenen; Sw. mena; Dan. meener, mener; Russ. mnyu, to think or believe; Ir. smuainim. It coincides in origin with L. mens, Eng. mind. The primary sense is to set or to thrust forward, to reach, stretch or extend. So in L. intendo, to stretch onward or toward, and propono, to propose, to set or put forward.]

  1. To have in the mind, view or contemplation; to intend. What mean you by this service? Exod. xii.
  2. To intend; to purpose; to design, with reference to a future act. Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it for good. Gen. 1.
  3. To signify; to indicate. What mean these seven ewe lambs. Gen. xxi. What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? 1 Sam. iv. Go ye, and learn what that meaneth. Matth. ix.

MEAN, a.1 [Sax. mæne, gemæne; the latter word signifies common, L. communis. Mean coincides in elements with Sax. mæneg, many, and the primary sense may be a crowd, like vulgar, from L. vulgus. If the primary sense is small, it coincides with Ir. mion, W. mân, or main, Fr. menu, It. meno, L. minor and minuo, to diminish; but I think the word belongs to the root of common. See Class Mn, No. 2 and 5.]

  1. Wanting dignity; low in rank or birth; as, a man of mean parentage, mean birth or origin.
  2. Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless. Can you imagine I so mean could prove, / To save my life by changing of my love? Dryden.
  3. Contemptible; despicable. The Roman legions and great Cesar found / Our fathers no mean foes. Philips.
  4. Of little value; low in worth or estimation; worthy of little or no regard. We fast, not to please men, nor to promote any mean worldly interest. Smalridge.
  5. Of little value; humble; poor; as, a mean abode; a mean dress.

MEAN, a.2 [Fr. moyen; Sp. and Port. mediano; L. medium, medius; Ir. meadhan. See Middle.]

  1. Middle; at an equal distance from the extremes; as the mean distance; the mean proportion between quantities; the mean ratio. According to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or lowly. Milton.
  2. Intervening; intermediate; coming between; as, in the mean time or while.

Mean
  1. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?

    What mean ye by this service ? Ex. xii. 26.

    Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good. Gen. 1. 20.

    I am not a Spaniard
    To say that it is yours and not to mean it.
    Longfellow.

  2. To have a purpose or intention.

    [Rare, except in the phrase to mean well, or ill.] Shak.
  3. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.

    "Of mean parentage." Sir P. Sidney.

    The mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself. Is. ii. 9.

  4. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.

    Being of middle age and a mean stature. Sir. P. Sidney.

  5. 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.

    But to speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude. Bacon.

    There is a mean in all things. Dryden.

    The extremes we have mentioned, between which the wellinstracted Christian holds the mean, are correlatives. I. Taylor.

  6. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.

    What mean these seven ewe lambs ? Gen. xxi. 29.

    Go ye, and learn what that meaneth. Matt. ix. 13.

  7. Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.

    Can you imagine I so mean could prove,
    To save my life by changing of my love ?
    Dryden.

  8. Intermediate in excellence of any kind.

    According to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or lowly. Milton.

  9. 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 square root of the product of the quantities.
  10. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.

    The Roman legions and great Cæsar found
    Our fathers no mean foes.
    J. Philips.

  11. Average; having an intermediate value between two extremes, or between the several successive values of a variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean distance; mean motion; mean solar day.

    Mean distance (of a planet from the sun) (Astron.), the average of the distances throughout one revolution of the planet, equivalent to the semi-major axis of the orbit. -- Mean error (Math. Phys.), the average error of a number of observations found by taking the mean value of the positive and negative errors without regard to sign. -- Mean-square error, or Error of the mean square (Math. Phys.), the error the square of which is the mean of the squares of all the errors; -- called also, especially by European writers, mean error. -- Mean line. (Crystallog.) Same as Bisectrix. -- Mean noon, noon as determined by mean time. -- Mean proportional (between two numbers) (Math.), the square root of their product. -- Mean sun, a fictitious sun supposed to move uniformly in the equator so as to be on the meridian each day at mean noon. -- Mean time, time as measured by an equable motion, as of a perfect clock, or as reckoned on the supposition that all the days of the year are of a mean or uniform length, in contradistinction from apparent time, or that actually indicated by the sun, and from sidereal time, or that measured by the stars.

  12. 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.

    Their virtuous conversation was a mean to work the conversion of the heathen to Christ. Hooker.

    You may be able, by this mean, to review your own scientific acquirements. Coleridge.

    Philosophical doubt is not an end, but a mean. Sir W. Hamilton.

    * 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.

    By this means he had them more at vantage. Bacon.

    What other means is left unto us. Shak.

  13. Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
  14. 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.

    Your means are very slender, and your waste is great. Shak.

  15. Penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.

    * Mean is sometimes used in the formation of compounds, the sense of which is obvious without explanation; as, meanborn, mean-looking, etc.

    Syn. -- Base; ignoble; abject; beggarly; wretched; degraded; degenerate; vulgar; vile; servile; menial; spiritless; groveling; slavish; dishonorable; disgraceful; shameful; despicable; contemptible; paltry; sordid. See Base.

  16. A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.

    [Obs.]

    The mean is drowned with your unruly base. Shak.

  17. Meantime; meanwhile.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  18. A mediator; a go-between.

    [Obs.] Piers Plowman.

    He wooeth her by means and by brokage. Chaucer.

    By all means, certainly; without fail; as, go, by all means. -- By any means, in any way; possibly; at all.

    If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. Phil. iii. ll.

    -- By no means, or By no manner of means, not at all; certainly not; not in any degree.

    The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other. Addison.

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Mean

MEAN, adjective [Latin communis, vulgus, minor and minuo.]

1. Wanting dignity; low in rank or birth; as a man of mean parentage, mean birth or origin.

2. Wanting dignity of mind; low minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless.

Can you imagine I so mean could prove,

To save my life by changing of my love?

3. Contemptible; despicable.

The Roman legions and great Caesar found

Our fathers no mean foes.

4. Of little value; low in worth or estimation; worthy of little or no regard.

We fast, not to please men, nor to promote any mean worldly interest.

5. Of little value; humble; poor; as a mean abode; a mean dress.

MEAN, adjective [Latin medium, medius.]

1. Middle; at an equal distance from the extremes; as the means distance; the mean proportion between quantities; the mean ratio.

According to the fittest style of lofty, mean or lowly.

2. Intervening; intermediate; coming between; as in the mean time or while.

MEAN, noun The middle point or place; the middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium. Observe the golden mean

There is a mean in all things.

But no authority of gods or men

Allow of any mean in poesy.

1. Intervening time; interval of time; interim; meantime.

And in the mean vouchsafe her honorable tomb.

Here is an omission of time or while.

2. Measure; regulation. [Not in use.]

3. Instrument; that which is used to effect an object; the medium through which something is done.

The virtuous conversation of christians was a mean to work the conversion of the heathen to Christ.

In this sense, means, in the plural, is generally used, and often with a definitive and verb in the singular.

By this means he had them more at vantage.

A good character, when established, should not be rested on as an end, but employed as a means of doing good.

4. Means, in the plural, income, revenue, resources, substance or estate, considered as the instrument of effecting any purpose. He would have built a house, but he wanted means.

Your means are slender.

5. Instrument of action or performance.

By all means, without fail. Go, by all means.

By no means, not at all; certainly not; not in any degree.

The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other.

By no manner of means, by no means; not the least.

By any means, possibly; at all.

If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. Philippians 3:11.

MEANtime

MEANwhile, in the intervening time. [In this use of these words there is an omission of in or in the; in the meantime.]

MEAN, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive meant; pronounced ment. [Latin mens; Eng.mind; Latin intendo, propono.]

1. To have in the mind, view or contemplation; to intend.

What mean you by this service? Exodus 12:26.

2. To intend; to purpose; to design, with reference to a future act.

Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it for good. Genesis 1:1.

3. To signify; to indicate.

What mean these seven ewe lambs? Genesis 21:29.

What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? 1 Samuel 4:6.

Go ye, and learn what that meaneth-- Matthew 9:13.

MEAN, verb intransitive To have thought or ideas; or to have meaning.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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