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Mean vs. Thrifty

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To intend.

evincing thrift; characterized by economy and good management of property; frugal.

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(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.’;

Thriving by industry and frugality; prosperous in the acquisition of worldly goods; increasing in wealth

‘a thrifty person’;

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(intransitive) To have intentions of a given kind.

‘Don't be angry; she meant well.’;

Growing rapidly or vigorously; thriving

‘a thrifty plant’;

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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.’;

Secured by thrift; well husbanded.

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To convey meaning.

Having a pleasant appearance; looking or being in good condition

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(transitive) To convey (a given sense); to signify, or indicate (an object or idea).

‘I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean.’; ‘The sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?’;

Given to, or evincing, thrift; characterized by economy and good menegement of property; sparing; frugal.

‘Her chaffer was so thrifty and so new.’; ‘I am glad he hath so much youth and vigor left, of which he hath not been thrifty.’;

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(transitive) Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify.

‘What does this hieroglyph mean?’;

Thriving by industry and frugality; prosperous in the acquisition of worldly goods; increasing in wealth; as, a thrifty farmer or mechanic.

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(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.’;

Growing rapidly or vigorously; thriving; as, a thrifty plant or colt.

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(transitive) To result in; to bring about.

‘One faltering step means certain death.’;

Secured by thrift; well husbanded.

‘I have five hundred crowns,The thrifty hire I saved under your father.’;

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(transitive) To be important (to).

‘My home life means a lot to me.’;

Well appearing; looking or being in good condition; becoming.

‘I sit at home, I have no thrifty cloth.’;

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To lament.

careful and diligent in the use of resources

(obsolete) Common; general.

mindful of the future in spending money;

‘careful with money’;

Of a common or low origin, grade, or quality; common; humble.

‘a man of mean parentage’; ‘/ a mean abode’;

using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully

‘he had been brought up to be thrifty and careful’;

Low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby.

‘a mean appearance’; ‘/ mean dress’;

(of livestock or plants) strong and healthy

‘the sheep are vigorous and thrifty’;

Without dignity of mind; destitute of honour; low-minded; spiritless; base.

‘a mean motive’;

prosperous.

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

Ungenerous; stingy, tightfisted; North American English: cheap; formal: niggardly, penurious, miserly.

‘He's so mean. I've never seen him spend so much as five pounds on presents for his children.’;

Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating; small.

Selfish; acting without consideration of others; unkind.

‘It was mean to steal the girl's piggy bank, but he just had to get uptown and he had no cash of his own.’;

Causing or intending to cause intentional harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious.

‘Watch out for her, she's mean. I said good morning to her, and she punched me in the nose.’;

Powerful; fierce; harsh; damaging.

‘It must have been a mean typhoon that levelled this town.’;

Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with.

‘Your mother can roll a mean cigarette.’; ‘He hits a mean backhand.’;

Difficult, tricky.

‘This problem is mean!’;

Having the mean (see noun below) as its value.

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

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

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An intermediate step or intermediate steps.

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

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

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

Meanverb

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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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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To have a purpose or intention.

Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.

‘The mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself.’;

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 ?’;

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

‘The Roman legions and great Cæsar foundOur fathers no mean foes.’;

Of poor quality; as, mean fare.

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

Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.

‘Being of middle age and a mean stature.’;

Intermediate in excellence of any kind.

‘According to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or lowly.’;

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Meantime; meanwhile.

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

Meanverb

mean or intend to express or convey;

‘You never understand what I mean!’; ‘what do his words intend?’;

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have as a logical consequence;

‘The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers’;

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denote or connote;

‘maison' means house' in French’; ‘An example sentence would show what this word means’;

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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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have a specified degree of importance;

‘My ex-husband means nothing to me’; ‘Happiness means everything’;

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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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destine or designate for a certain purpose;

‘These flowers were meant for you’;

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’;

characterized by malice;

‘a hateful thing to do’; ‘in a mean mood’;

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’;

excellent;

‘famous for a mean backhand’;

marked by poverty befitting a beggar;

‘a beggarly existence in the slums’; ‘a mean hut’;

used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity;

‘a mean person’; ‘he left a miserly tip’;

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

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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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(of a word) have (something) as its signification in the same language or its equivalent in another language

‘its name means ‘painted rock’ in Cherokee’;

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genuinely intend to express (something)

‘when she said that she meant it’;

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be of a specified degree of importance to (someone)

‘animals have always meant more to him than people’;

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intend (something) to occur or be the case

‘it was meant to be a secret’; ‘they mean no harm’;

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be supposed to do something

‘we were meant to go over yesterday’;

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design or destine for a particular purpose

‘the jacket was meant for a much larger person’;

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have something as a motive or explanation in saying or doing

‘what do you mean by leaving me out here in the cold?’;

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be generally considered to be

‘this one's meant to be priceless’;

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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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necessarily or usually entail or involve

‘coal stoves mean a lot of smoke’;

unwilling to give or share things, especially money; not generous

‘they're not mean with the garlic’; ‘she felt mean not giving a tip’;

unkind, spiteful, or unfair

‘I was mean to them over the festive season’;

vicious or aggressive in behaviour

‘the dogs were considered mean, vicious, and a threat’;

(especially of a place) poor in quality and appearance; shabby

‘her home was mean and small’;

(of a person's mental capacity or understanding) inferior

‘it was obvious to even the meanest intelligence’;

of low birth or social class

‘a muffler like that worn by the meanest of people’;

very skilful or effective; excellent

‘she dances a mean tango’; ‘he's a mean cook’;

(of a quantity) calculated as a mean; average

‘participants in the study had a mean age of 35 years’;

equally far from two extremes

‘hope is the mean virtue between despair and presumption’;

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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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a condition, quality, or course of action equally removed from two opposite extremes

‘the measure expresses a mean between saving and splashing out’;

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}}} .