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 (ăv′ər-ĭj, ăv′rĭj)
1. Mathematics
a. A number that typifies a set of numbers of which it is a function.
a. An intermediate level or degree: near the average in size.
b. The usual or ordinary kind or quality: Although the wines vary, the average is quite good.
3. Sports The ratio of a team's or player's successful performances such as wins, hits, or goals, divided by total opportunities for successful performance, such as games, times at bat, or shots: finished the season with a .500 average; a batting average of .274.
4. Law
a. The loss of a ship or cargo, caused by damage at sea.
b. The incurrence of damage or loss of a ship or cargo at sea.
c. The equitable distribution of such a loss among concerned parties.
d. A charge incurred through such a loss.
5. Nautical Small expenses or charges that are usually paid by the master of a ship.
1. Mathematics Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
2. Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale: a movie of average length; a player of average ability.
3. Usual or ordinary in kind or character: a poll of average people; average eyesight.
4. Assessed in accordance with the law of averages.
v. av·er·aged, av·er·ag·ing, av·er·ag·es
1. Mathematics To calculate the average of: average a set of numbers.
2. To do or have an average of: averaged three hours of work a day.
3. To distribute proportionately: average one's income over four years so as to minimize the tax rate.
To be or amount to an average: Some sparrows are six inches long, but they average smaller. Our expenses averaged out to 45 dollars per day.
Phrasal Verbs:
average down
To purchase shares of the same security at successively lower prices in order to reduce the average price of one's position.
average up
To purchase shares of the same security at successively higher prices in order to achieve a larger position at an average price that is lower than the current market value.

[Early Modern English, damage to a ship or its cargo, equitable distribution of the expenses from such damage, average, from Middle English, charge above the cost of freight, from Old French avarie, from Old Italian avaria, duty, from Arabic 'awārīya, damaged goods, from 'awār, blemish, from 'awira, to be damaged; see ʕwr in Semitic roots.]

av′er·age·ly adv.
av′er·age·ness n.
Synonyms: average, medium, mediocre, middling, fair1, acceptable, indifferent, tolerable
These adjectives indicate a middle position on a scale of evaluation. Average and medium apply to what is midway between extremes and imply both sufficiency and lack of distinction: a novel of average merit; a digital recording of medium quality.
Mediocre and middling stress the undistinguished aspect of what is average: "The caliber of the students ... has gone from mediocre to above average" (Judy Pasternak)."Every writer creates weak, middling and strong work" (Frank Conroy).
What is fair or acceptable is satisfactory or moderately good but has room for improvement: a fair chance of winning; an acceptable grade on the test.
Indifferent means neither good nor bad and suggests a detached or resigned acceptance of such a status: "Burningham was an indifferent student at every school he attended ... and he preferred to be out of doors" (Andrea Cleghorn).
Something tolerable is good enough under the circumstances, but barely: "Tennyson ... suffered ... from illness fears, particularly of going blind, though he lived into his eighties with tolerable eyesight" (Carla Cantor).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.averageness - the state of being that is average; indicates normality but with connotations of mediocrity
normalcy, normality - being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
2.averageness - ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
ordinariness, mundaneness, mundanity - the quality of being commonplace and ordinary
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Troy Deeney settled a quality-starved game at Vicarage Road as Watford found just enough to momentarily rise above the averageness to take the points.
It has been widely reported Pulis has been pulling in upwards of PS2million a year to bring his averageness to the Hawthorns and if they would be willing to offer O'Neill the same then Regan could spend the rest of the week digging down the back of every sofa on Hampden's sixth floor and he still won't come close to matching it.
Bivens says succinctly, "The knowledge of our sheer averageness fuels all Coen films" (269).
It is now time to find out what a little brain-lube and electricity can do for my below averageness.
These studies are based on the anthropometric tradition of measuring social status, among which lies the interest in developing an "Index of Social Status" (41) as a method to rank people according to valued social assets and standings, which in turn makes social status define the averageness and extraordinariness of people.
Jerome's opener and Russell Martin's second just before the hour mark were goals conceded that were far too sloppy to befit a side playing with three centre-backs; mistakes made through individual averageness rather than any issue with the system.
The everydayness or averageness of the world entices people to blindly follow mainstream views, rules, or ideas; to get subsumed in routines and tasks of life; and to live as part of the collective mass rather than as a unique individual.
You may well argue that these should be all standard attributes and about the averageness of a Leeds side, but fans clearly saw belief in players - and have begun to believe themselves.
There is an attitude of averageness here, apart from one or two exceptions, our players are average, management at all levels is average, the coaching is average (you don't have less victories than Cheltenham Communists if you're any good) and the ambition is average.
5) "Dasein" (literally "there-being," Heidegger's impersonal way to refer to an individual subject) exists inauthentically in its averageness, in the daily activities for which its own being is not the primary issue, where the activity itself is primary, such as in trying to accomplish some task for a given, practical purpose--doing one's job well in order to earn a paycheck, for instance, or going to the post office in order to mail a letter.
The Dasein of the they-self is primarily concerned with losing its individuality in the averageness of the they, "the absorption of Dasein in the they and in the 'world' taken care of reveals something like a flight of Dasein from itself as an authentic potentiality for being.
In what surely ranks as one of the worst sales pitches ever, the book introduced itself and the notion of averageness, presumably to the average reader, by declaring: "what could be more uplifting than finding out you are only as inadequate as everybody else?