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Dirty vs. Mean — What's the Difference?

Dirty vs. Mean — What's the Difference?

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Dirty

Covered or marked with an unclean substance
A tray of dirty cups and saucers
Her boots were dirty
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Mean

There are several kinds of mean in mathematics, especially in statistics: For a data set, the arithmetic mean, also known as average or arithmetic average, is a central value of a finite set of numbers: specifically, the sum of the values divided by the number of values. The arithmetic mean of a set of numbers x1, x2, ..., xn is typically denoted by x ¯ {\displaystyle {\bar {x}}} .
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Dirty

(of an activity) dishonest; dishonourable
He had a reputation for dirty dealing
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Mean

Intend to convey or refer to (a particular thing); signify
I don't know what you mean
I meant you, not Jones
He was asked to clarify what his remarks meant
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Dirty

Concerned with sex in a lewd or obscene way
He told a stream of dirty jokes
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Mean

Intend (something) to occur or be the case
It was meant to be a secret
They mean no harm
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Dirty

(of weather) rough, stormy, and unpleasant.
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Mean

Have as a consequence or result
The proposals are likely to mean another hundred closures
Heavy rain meant that the pitch was waterlogged
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Dirty

(of a colour) not bright or pure; dull
The sea was a waste of dirty grey
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Mean

Unwilling to give or share things, especially money; not generous
They're not mean with the garlic
She felt mean not giving a tip
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Dirty

Used for emphasis
A dirty great slab of stone
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Mean

Unkind, spiteful, or unfair
I was mean to them over the festive season
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Dirty

Make dirty
She didn't like him dirtying her nice clean towels
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Mean

(especially of a place) poor in quality and appearance; shabby
Her home was mean and small
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Dirty

Covered or marked with dirt or an unwanted substance; unclean.
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Mean

Very skilful or effective; excellent
She dances a mean tango
He's a mean cook
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Dirty

Spreading dirt; polluting
The air near the foundry was always dirty.
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Mean

(of a quantity) calculated as a mean; average
Participants in the study had a mean age of 35 years
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Dirty

Apt to soil with dirt or grime
A dirty job at the garage.
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Mean

Equally far from two extremes
Hope is the mean virtue between despair and presumption
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Dirty

Contaminated with bacteria or other infectious microorganisms.
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Mean

The value obtained by dividing the sum of several quantities by their number; an average
Acid output was calculated by taking the mean of all three samples
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Dirty

Squalid or filthy; run-down
Dirty slums.
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Mean

A condition, quality, or course of action equally removed from two opposite extremes
The measure expresses a mean between saving and splashing out
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Dirty

Obscene or indecent
Dirty movies.
A dirty joke.
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Mean

To be used to convey; denote
"'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things'" (Lewis Carroll).
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Dirty

Lewd or lecherous
A dirty mind.
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Mean

To act as a symbol of; signify or represent
In this poem, the budding flower means youth.
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Dirty

Unethical or corrupt; sordid
Dirty politics.
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Mean

To intend to convey or indicate
"No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous" (Henry Adams).
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Dirty

Malicious or scandalous
A dirty lie.
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Mean

To have as a purpose or an intention; intend
I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept.
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Dirty

Not sportsmanlike
Dirty players.
A dirty fighter.
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Mean

To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end
A building that was meant for storage.
A student who was meant to be a scientist.
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Dirty

Acquired by illicit or improper means
Dirty money.
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Mean

To have as a consequence; bring about
Friction means heat.
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Dirty

(Slang) Possessing or using illegal drugs.
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Mean

To have the importance or value of
The opinions of the critics meant nothing to him. She meant so much to me.
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Dirty

Unpleasant or distasteful; thankless
Laying off workers is the dirty part of this job.
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Mean

To have intentions of a specified kind; be disposed
They mean well but lack tact.
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Dirty

Extremely unfortunate or regrettable
A dirty shame.
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Mean

Lacking in kindness; unkind
The teacher was not being mean in asking you to be quiet.
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Dirty

Expressing disapproval or hostility
Gave us a dirty look.
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Mean

Cruel, spiteful, or malicious
A mean boy who liked to make fun of others.
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Dirty

Not bright and clear in color; somewhat dull or drab. Often used in combination
Dirty-blonde hair.
Dirty-green walls.
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Mean

Expressing spite or malice
Gave me a mean look.
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Dirty

Relating to or being a bomb that uses a conventional explosive and radioactive material to contaminate an area with low-level radiation.
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Mean

Tending toward or characterized by cruelty or violence
Mean streets.
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Dirty

Relating to or being a nuclear weapon that produces a very great amount of long-lived radioactive fallout.
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Mean

Extremely unpleasant or disagreeable
The meanest storm in years.
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Dirty

Stormy; rough
Dirty weather.
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Mean

Ignoble; base
A mean motive. ].
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Dirty

To make soiled.
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Mean

Occupying a middle or intermediate position between two extremes.
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Dirty

To stain or tarnish with dishonor.
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Mean

Intermediate in size, extent, quality, time, or degree; medium.
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Dirty

To become soiled.
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Mean

Something having a position, quality, or condition midway between extremes; a medium.
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Dirty

Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
Despite a walk in the rain, my shoes weren't too dirty.
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Mean

A number that typifies a set of numbers, such as a geometric mean or an arithmetic mean.
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Dirty

That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
Don't put that in your mouth, dear. It's dirty.
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Mean

The average value of a set of numbers.
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Dirty

Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
At the reception, Uncle Nick got drunk and told dirty jokes to the bridesmaids.
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Mean

(Logic) The middle term in a syllogism.
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Dirty

Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
He might have scored, but it was a dirty trick that won him the penalty.
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Mean

Means (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A method, a course of action, or an instrument by which an act can be accomplished or an end achieved.
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Dirty

Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
I won't accept your dirty money!
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Mean

Money, property, or other wealth
You ought to live within your means.
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Dirty

Out of tune.
You need to tune that guitar: the G string sounds dirty.
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Mean

Great wealth
A woman of means.
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Dirty

Of color, discolored by impurities.
The old flag was a dirty white.
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Mean

To intend.
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Dirty

(computing) Containing data needing to be written back to memory or disk.
Occasionally it reads the sector into a dirty buffer, which means it needs to sync the dirty buffer first.
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Mean

(transitive) To intend, to plan (to do); to have as one's intention.
I didn't mean to knock your tooth out.
I mean to go to Baddeck this summer.
I meant to take the car in for a smog check, but it slipped my mind.
The authors meant a challenge to the status quo.
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Dirty

(slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
None of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.
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Mean

(intransitive) To have as intentions of a given kind.
Don't be angry; she meant well.
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Dirty

(informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
He lives in a dirty great mansion.
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Mean

To intend (something) for a given purpose or fate; to predestine.
Actually this desk was meant for the subeditor.
Man was not meant to question such things.
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Dirty

Sleety; gusty; stormy.
Dirty weather
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Mean

(transitive) To intend an ensuing comment or statement as an explanation.[https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/i_mean%20I%20mean]
Your reasoning seems needlessly abstruse, complex, and verbose for me. I mean, could you dumb it down for my sake?
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Dirty

(slang) Of an alcoholic beverage, especially a cocktail or mixed drink: served with the juice of olives.
Dirty martini
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Mean

To convey (a meaning).
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Dirty

Of food, indulgent in an unhealthy way.
The waiter served dirty burgers to the customers.
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Mean

(transitive) To convey (a given sense); to signify, or indicate (an object or idea).
The sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?
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Dirty

Spreading harmful radiation over a wide area.
A dirty explosion
A dirty bomb
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Mean

(transitive) Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify.
What does this hieroglyph mean?
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Dirty

(aviation) Having the undercarriage or flaps in the down position.
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Mean

(transitive) Of a person (or animal etc): to intend to express, to imply, to hint at, to allude.
I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean.
He is a little different, if you know what I mean.
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Dirty

In a dirty manner.
To play dirty
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Mean

(transitive) To have conviction in (something said or expressed); to be sincere in (what one says).
Does she really mean what she said to him last night?
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
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Dirty

(transitive) To make (something) dirty.
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Mean

(transitive) To cause or produce (a given result); to bring about (a given result).
One faltering step means certain death.
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Dirty

(transitive) To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.
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Mean

(usually with to) To be of some level of importance.
That little dog meant everything to me.
Formality and titles mean nothing in their circle.
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Dirty

(transitive) To debase by distorting the real nature of (something).
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Mean

To lament.
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Dirty

(intransitive) To become soiled.
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Mean

(obsolete) Common; general.
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Dirty

Defiled with dirt; foul; nasty; filthy; not clean or pure; serving to defile; as, dirty hands; dirty water; a dirty white.
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Mean

Of a common or low origin, grade, or quality; common; humble.
A man of mean parentage
A mean abode
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Dirty

Sullied; clouded; - applied to color.
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Mean

Low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby.
A mean appearance
A mean dress
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Dirty

Sordid; base; groveling; as, a dirty fellow.
The creature's at his dirty work again.
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Mean

Without dignity of mind; destitute of honour; low-minded; spiritless; base.
A mean motive
It was mean of you to steal that little girl's piggy bank.
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Dirty

Sleety; gusty; stormy; as, dirty weather.
Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.
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Mean

Of little value or worth; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
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Dirty

To foul; to make filthy; to soil; as, to dirty the clothes or hands.
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Mean

Ungenerous; stingy; tight-fisted.
He's so mean. I've never seen him spend so much as five pounds on presents for his children.
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Dirty

To tarnish; to sully; to scandalize; - said of reputation, character, etc.
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Mean

Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating.
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Dirty

Make soiled, filthy, or dirty;
Don't soil your clothes when you play outside!
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Mean

Intending to cause harm, successfully or otherwise; bearing ill will towards another.
Watch out for her, she's mean. I said good morning to her, and she punched me in the nose.
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Dirty

Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime;
Dirty unswept sidewalks
A child in dirty overalls
Dirty slums
Piles of dirty dishes
Put his dirty feet on the clean sheet
Wore an unclean shirt
Mining is a dirty job
Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves
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Mean

Powerful; fierce; strong.
It must have been a mean typhoon that levelled this town.
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Dirty

(of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency;
Dirty words
A dirty old man
Dirty books and movies
Boys telling dirty jokes
Has a dirty mouth
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Mean

(colloquial) Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with.
Your mother can roll a mean cigarette.
He hits a mean backhand.
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Dirty

Vile; despicable;
A dirty (or lousy) trick
A filthy traitor
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Mean

Difficult, tricky.
This problem is mean!
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Dirty

Spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination;
The air near the foundry was always dirty
The air near the foundry was always dirty
A dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout
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Mean

Having the mean (see noun below) as its value; average.
The mean family has 2.4 children.
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Dirty

Contaminated with infecting organisms;
Dirty wounds
Obliged to go into infected rooms
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Mean

(obsolete) Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.
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Dirty

(of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear;
Dirty
A dirty (or dingy) white
The muddied gray of the sea
Muddy colors
Dirty-green walls
Dirty-blonde hair
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Mean

A method or course of action used to achieve some result.
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Dirty

(of a manuscript) defaced with changes;
Foul (or dirty) copy
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Mean

An intermediate step or intermediate steps.
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Dirty

Obtained illegally or by improper means;
Dirty money
Ill-gotten gains
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Mean

Something which is intermediate or in the middle; an intermediate value or range of values; a medium.
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Dirty

Expressing or revealing hostility or dislike;
Dirty looks
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Mean

The middle part of three-part polyphonic music; now specifically, the alto part in polyphonic music; an alto instrument.
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Dirty

Violating accepted standards or rules;
A dirty fighter
Used foul means to gain power
A nasty unsporting serve
Fined for unsportsmanlike behavior
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Mean

(statistics) The average of a set of values, calculated by summing them together and dividing by the number of terms; the arithmetic mean.
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Dirty

Unethical or dishonest;
Dirty police officers
A sordid political campaign
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Mean

(mathematics) Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties and yields a number representative of its arguments; or, the number so yielded; a measure of central tendency.
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Dirty

Unpleasantly stormy;
There's dirty weather in the offing
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Mean

(mathematics) Either of the two numbers in the middle of a conventionally presented proportion, as 2 and 3 in 1:2=3:6.
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Mean

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 ?
Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.
I am not a SpaniardTo say that it is yours and not to mean it.
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Mean

To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
What mean these seven ewe lambs ?
Go ye, and learn what that meaneth.
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Mean

To have a purpose or intention.
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Mean

Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
The mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself.
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Mean

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 ?
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Mean

Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
The Roman legions and great Cæsar foundOur fathers no mean foes.
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Mean

Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
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Mean

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

Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
Being of middle age and a mean stature.
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Mean

Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
According to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or lowly.
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Mean

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.
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Mean

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.
There is a mean in all things.
The extremes we have mentioned, between which the wellinstracted Christian holds the mean, are correlatives.
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Mean

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 nth root of the product of the n quantities being averaged.
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Mean

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.
You may be able, by this mean, to review your own scientific acquirements.
Philosophical doubt is not an end, but a mean.
By this means he had them more at vantage.
What other means is left unto us.
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Mean

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.
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Mean

A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
The mean is drowned with your unruly base.
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Mean

Meantime; meanwhile.
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Mean

A mediator; a go-between.
He wooeth her by means and by brokage.
If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other.
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Mean

An average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
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Mean

Mean or intend to express or convey;
You never understand what I mean!
What do his words intend?
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Mean

Have as a logical consequence;
The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers
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Mean

Denote or connote;
`maison' means `house' in French
An example sentence would show what this word means
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Mean

Have in mind as a purpose;
I mean no harm
I only meant to help you
She didn't think to harm me
We thought to return early that night
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Mean

Have a specified degree of importance;
My ex-husband means nothing to me
Happiness means everything
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Mean

Intend to refer to;
I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France
Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!
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Mean

Destine or designate for a certain purpose;
These flowers were meant for you
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Mean

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
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Mean

Characterized by malice;
A hateful thing to do
In a mean mood
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Mean

Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality;
That liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble
Taking a mean advantage
Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort
Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics
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Mean

Excellent;
Famous for a mean backhand
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Mean

Marked by poverty befitting a beggar;
A beggarly existence in the slums
A mean hut
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Mean

Used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity;
A mean person
He left a miserly tip
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Mean

Used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt
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