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# Average vs. Total

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(mathematics) The arithmetic mean.

‘The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.’;

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An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.

‘A total of £145 was raised by the bring-and-buy stall.’;

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(statistics) Any measure of central tendency, especially any mean, the median, or the mode.

Totalnoun

Sum.

‘The total of 4, 5 and 6 is 15.’;

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Financial loss due to damage to transported goods; compensation for damage or loss.

Entire; relating to the whole of something.

‘The total book is rubbish from start to finish.’; ‘The total number of votes cast is 3,270.’;

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Customs duty or similar charge payable on transported goods.

(used as an intensifier) Complete; absolute.

‘He is a total failure.’;

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Proportional or equitable distribution of financial expense.

Totalverb

(transitive) To add up; to calculate the sum of.

‘When we totalled the takings, we always got a different figure.’;

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(sports) An indication of a player's ability calculated from his scoring record, etc.

‘batting average’;

Totalverb

To equal a total of; to amount to.

‘That totals seven times so far.’;

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In the corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets.

Totalverb

to demolish; to wreck completely. (from total loss)

‘Honey, I’m OK, but I’ve totaled the car.’;

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The service that a tenant owed his lord, to be done by the animals of the tenant, such as the transportation of wheat, turf, etc.

Totalverb

(intransitive) To amount to; to add up to.

‘It totals nearly a pound.’;

(not comparable) Constituting or relating to the average.

‘The average age of the participants was 18.5.’;

Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute; as, a total departure from the evidence; a total loss.

Neither very good nor very bad; rated somewhere in the middle of all others in the same category.

‘I soon found I was only an average chess player.’;

Totalnoun

The whole; the whole sum or amount; as, these sums added make the grand total of five millions.

Typical.

‘The average family will not need the more expensive features of this product.’;

Totalverb

To bring to a total; also, to reach as a total; to amount to.

(informal) Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor.

Totalverb

to determine the total of (a set of numbers); to add; - often used with up; as, to total up the bill.

Averageverb

(transitive) To compute the average of, especially the arithmetic mean.

‘If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.’;

Totalverb

To damage beyond repair; - used especially of vehicles damaged in an accident; as, he skid on an ice patch and totaled his Mercedes against a tree. From total loss.

Averageverb

(transitive) Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.

‘The daily high temperature last month averaged 15°C.’; ‘I averaged 75% in my examinations this year.’;

Totalnoun

the whole amount

Averageverb

(transitive) To divide among a number, according to a given proportion.

‘to average a loss’;

Totalnoun

Averageverb

(intransitive) To be, generally or on average.

Totalverb

add up in number or quantity;

‘The bills amounted to \$2,000’; ‘The bill came to \$2,000’;

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That service which a tenant owed his lord, to be done by the work beasts of the tenant, as the carriage of wheat, turf, etc.

Totalverb

determine the sum of;

‘Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town’;

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A tariff or duty on goods, etc.

constituting the full quantity or extent; complete;

‘an entire town devastated by an earthquake’; ‘gave full attention’; ‘a total failure’;

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A mean proportion, medial sum or quantity, made out of unequal sums or quantities; an arithmetical mean. Thus, if A loses 5 dollars, B 9, and C 16, the sum is 30, and the average 10.

including everything;

‘the overall cost’; ‘the total amount owed’;

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Any medial estimate or general statement derived from a comparison of diverse specific cases; a medium or usual size, quantity, quality, rate, etc.

without conditions or limitations;

‘a total ban’;

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In the English corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets.

complete in extent or degree and in every particular;

‘a full game’; ‘a total eclipse’; ‘a total disaster’;

Pertaining to an average or mean; medial; containing a mean proportion; of a mean size, quality, ability, etc.; ordinary; usual; as, an average rate of profit; an average amount of rain; the average Englishman; beings of the average stamp.

comprising the whole number or amount

‘a total cost of £4,000’;

According to the laws of averages; as, the loss must be made good by average contribution.

complete; absolute

‘a total stranger’; ‘it is a matter of total indifference to me’;

Averageverb

To find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean.

Totalnoun

the whole number or amount of something

‘in total, 200 people were interviewed’; ‘he scored a total of thirty-three points’;

Averageverb

To divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss.

Totalverb

amount in number to

‘they were left with debts totalling £6,260’;

Averageverb

To do, accomplish, get, etc., on an average.

Totalverb

add up the full number or amount of

‘the scores were totalled’;

Averageverb

To form, or exist in, a mean or medial sum or quantity; to amount to, or to be, on an average; as, the losses of the owners will average twenty five dollars each; these spars average ten feet in length.

Totalverb

damage (something, typically a vehicle) beyond repair; wreck

‘he almost totalled the car’;

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a statistic describing the location of a distribution;

‘it set the norm for American homes’;

Averageverb

amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain;

‘The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40’;

Averageverb

achieve or reach on average;

‘He averaged a C’;

Averageverb

compute the average of

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’;

lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered;

‘average people’; ‘the ordinary (or common) man in the street’;

of no exceptional quality or ability;

‘a novel of average merit’; ‘only a fair performance of the sonata’; ‘in fair health’; ‘the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average’; ‘the performance was middling at best’;

around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures;

‘an orange of average size’; ‘intermediate capacity’; ‘a plane with intermediate range’; ‘medium bombers’;

relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution;

‘the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30’;

relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in an even-numbered set);

‘the median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20’; ‘the median income for the year was \$15,000’;

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a number expressing the central or typical value in a set of data, in particular the mode, median, or (most commonly) the mean, which is calculated by dividing the sum of the values in the set by their number

‘the proportion of over-60s is above the EU average of 19 per cent’;

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an amount, standard, level, or rate regarded as usual or ordinary

‘underground water reserves are below average’; ‘they take about thirty minutes on average’;

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the apportionment of financial liability resulting from loss of or damage to a ship or its cargo.

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reduction in the amount payable under an insurance policy, e.g. in respect of partial loss.

constituting the result obtained by adding together several amounts and then dividing this total by the number of amounts

‘the average temperature in May was 4°C below normal’;

of the usual or ordinary amount, standard, level, or rate

‘a woman of average height’;

having qualities that are seen as typical of a particular person, group, or thing

‘the average lad likes a good night out’;

mediocre; not very good

‘a very average director making very average movies’;

Averageverb

amount to or achieve as an average rate or amount over a period of time; mean

‘annual inflation averaged 2.4 per cent’;

Averageverb

calculate or estimate the average of

‘they earned only £35 weekly when their seasonal earnings were averaged out’;

Averageverb

result in an even distribution; even out

‘it is reasonable to hope that the results will average out’;

Averageverb

result in an average figure of

‘the cost should average out at about £6 per page’;

Average

In colloquial language, an average is a single number taken as representative of a non-empty list of numbers. Different concepts of average are used in different contexts.