To have in mind, view, or contemplation; intend; hence, to purpose or design.To signify, or be intended to signify; indicate; import; denote.To mention; tell; express.To be minded or disposed; have intentions of some kind: usually joined with an adverb: as, he means well.To have thought or ideas; have meaning.To speak; talk.Common; general.Of a common or low origin, grade, quality, etc.; common; humble: as, a man of mean parentage; mean birth or origin; a mean abode.Characteristic of or commonly pertaining to persons or things of low degree; common; inferior; poor; shabby: as, a mean appearance; mean dress.Without dignity of mind; destitute of honor; low-minded; spiritless; base.Niggardly; penurious; miserly; stingy.—Of little value or account; low in worth or estimation; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating; “small.” [Colloq.]Abject. Low, etc. (see abject), paltry. See list under low.Niggardly, Stingy, etc. (see penurious); sordid, selfish, close.Occupying a middle position; midway between two extremes; median: now chiefly in certain technical uses. See phrases below.Of medium size, extent, etc.; medium, middling, or moderate.Coming between two events or points of time; intervening; intermediate: only in the phrase in the mean time or while.Intermediate in a number of greater and less values, quantities, or amounts; forming an average between two or more terms of any kind; average; specifically, in mathematics, having a value which is a symmetrical function of other values of the same sort, such that, were all those other values to be equal, the value of the function would be equal to them all (compare II., 4): as, the mean breadth of a country; the mean distance of the earth from the sun.n. The middle point, place, or state between two extremes; a middle path or course; a middle or intermediate kind, quality, rate, or degree; hence, the avoidance of extremes; absence of excess; moderation.n. Intervening time; interval of time; interim; meantime.n. In music: A middle voice or voice-part, as the tenor or alto.n. The second of a set of viols; an alto.n. Either the second or the third string of a viol, the former being the small mean, and the latter the great mean.n. A quantity having a value intermediate between the values of other quantities; specifically, in mathematics, the average, or arithmetical mean, obtained by adding several quantities together and dividing the sum by their number.n. In logic, the middle term in a syllogism.n. A mediator; an intermediary; an agent; a broker; a go-between.n. A subservient agency or instrumentality; that which confers ability or opportunity to attain an end: now rare in the singular, the plural form being used with both singular and plural meanings: as, means of travel or of subsistence; by this means you will succeed.n. Causative agency or instrumentality; contributory aid or assistance; help; support: only in the plural form, in the phrase by means of, or by (or through) … means: as, we live by means of food; it came about through their means.n. Specifically plural Disposable resources; elements of ability or opportunity; especially, pecuniary resources; possessions; revenue; income.n. In any way; possibly; at all.n. Synonyms Mean, Medium, Average, Mediocrity. Mean and medium represent the middle point or degree. Mean is much used in mathematics. (See arithmetical mean, geometrical mean, etc., above.) Mean is also much used in morals: as, in conduct we are to observe the golden mean; Aristotle held that each virtue was a mean between vice of defect and a vice of excess. Medium has this latter sense, but is used chiefly in matters of practical life: as, goods that are a medium between the best and the poorest; a color that is a medium between two others. In this sense medium is much used as an adjective: as, a medium grade, color, price. Means is the form of mean that corresponds to medium when it stands for that which. by being between others, is the agency for communication, etc. As mean and medium generally imply simply two extremes, but may imply several quantities of different amounts or degrees, so average may imply simply two extremes, but generally implies several quantities of different amounts or degrees: as, the average of 3, 5, 7, and 9 is 6. The latter word has similar figurative uses: as, the man's education was better than the average. Mediocrity is now used only in an unfavorable sense, implying blame or contempt: as, talents not above mediocrity—that is, very moderate.n. Instrument, method, mode, way, expedient, resource, appliance.To moan; lament; mourn; complain.To bemoan; lament: used reflexively.To demean; carry; conduct.n. The abscissa of the center of gravity of the variates or of the frequency polygon. It is found by the formula where V is the magnitude of any class, f its frequency, and n the number of variates.