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## norm

(nôrm)*n.*

**1.**

**a.**A pattern that is regarded as typical of something: a neighborhood where families with two wage-earners are the norm.

**b.**A standard or expectation that is established for a given enterprise or effort: journalistic norms.

**c.**A pattern of behavior considered acceptable or proper by a social group: violated the norms of his community.

**2.**

*Mathematics*

**a.**An average.

**b.**The magnitude of a vector.

**c.**The modulus of a complex number.

*tr.v.*

**normed**,

**norm·ing**,

**norms**

**1.**To establish or judge in reference to a norm: normed the test on the basis of last year's results.

**2.**

*Mathematics*To define a norm on (a space).

[French norme, from Old French, from Latin norma,

*carpenter's square, norm*; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]## norm

(nɔːm)*n*

**1.**an average level of achievement or performance, as of a group or person

**2.**a standard of achievement or behaviour that is required, desired, or designated as normal

**3.**(Sociology)

*sociol*an established standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group to which each member is expected to conform

**4.**(Mathematics)

*maths*

**a.**the length of a vector expressed as the square root of the sum of the square of its components

**5.**(Geological Science)

*geology*the theoretical standard mineral composition of an igneous rock

[C19: from Latin

*norma*carpenter's rule, square]## Norm

(nɔːm)*n*

a stereotype of the unathletic Australian male

[from a cartoon figure in the government-sponsored

*Life, Be In It*campaign]## norm

(nɔrm)*n.*

**1.**a standard, model, or pattern.

**2.**a rule or standard of behavior expected of each member of a social group.

**3.**a behavior pattern or trait considered typical of a particular social group.

**4.**the general level or average.

**5.**

*Educ.*

**a.**a designated standard of average performance of people of a given age, background, etc.

**b.**a standard based on the past average performance of a given individual.

**6.**

*Math.*

**a.**a real-valued, nonnegative function whose domain is a vector space.

**b.**the greatest difference between two successive points of a given partition.

[1815–25; < Latin

*norma*rule, pattern]ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonyms

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Noun | 1. | norm - a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical; "the current middle-class norm of two children per family"criterion, standard, touchstone, measure - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work" |

2. | norm - a statistic describing the location of a distribution; "it set the norm for American homes"statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters statistic - a datum that can be represented numerically age norm - the average age at which particular performances are expected to appear modal value, mode - the most frequent value of a random variable median, median value - the value below which 50% of the cases fall mean, mean value - an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n |

## norm

*noun*standard, rule, model, pattern, mean, type, measure, average, par, criterion, benchmark, yardstick Their actions departed from what she called the commonly accepted norms of behaviour.

**the norm**

**the rule**,

**the average**, par for the course,

**the usual thing**Families of six or seven were the norm in those days.

## norm

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