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# Percentage vs. Average

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The main difference between Percentage and Average is that the Percentage is a Number or ratio as a fraction of 100 and Average is a colloquial term for the central tendency (middle or typical number of a list of numbers, including mean, median and mode)

• Percentage

In mathematics, a percentage is a number or ratio expressed as a fraction of 100. It is often denoted using the percent sign, "%", or the abbreviations "pct.", "pct"; sometimes the abbreviation "pc" is also used. A percentage is a dimensionless number (pure number).

• Average

In colloquial language, an average is a single number taken as representative of a list of numbers. Different concepts of average are used in different contexts. Often "average" refers to the arithmetic mean, the sum of the numbers divided by how many numbers are being averaged. In statistics, mean, median, and mode are all known as measures of central tendency, and in colloquial usage any of these might be called an average value.

Wikipedia
• Percentage (noun)

The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole.

"A high percentage of secondary school leavers take a gap year."

• Percentage (noun)

A share of the sales, profits, gross margin or similar.

"She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold."

• Percentage (noun)

"There was no percentage in staying at home."

• Average (noun)

The arithmetic mean.

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

• Average (noun)

Any measure of central tendency, especially any mean, the median, or the mode. from c. 1735

• Average (noun)

Financial loss due to damage to transported goods; compensation for damage or loss. from 15th c.

• Average (noun)

Customs duty or similar charge payable on transported goods.

• Average (noun)

Proportional or equitable distribution of financial expense.

• Average (noun)

An scoring record, etc.

"batting average"

• Average (noun)

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

• Average (noun)

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.

Constituting or relating to the average.

"The average age of the participants was 18.5."

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."

Typical.

"The average family will not need the more expensive features of this product."

Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor.

• Average (verb)

To compute the average of, especially the arithmetic mean.

"If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18."

• Average (verb)

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."

• Average (verb)

To divide among a number, according to a given proportion.

"to average a loss"

• Average (verb)

To be, generally or on average.

Wiktionary
• Percentage (noun)

a rate, number, or amount in each hundred

"a large percentage increase"

"the percentage of Caesareans at the hospital was three per cent higher than the national average"

• Percentage (noun)

any proportion or share in relation to a whole

"only a tiny percentage of the day trippers are aware of the village's gastronomic distinction"

• Percentage (noun)

an amount, such as an allowance or commission, that is a proportion of a larger sum of money

"I hope to be on a percentage"

• Percentage (noun)

"I don't see the percentage in selling perfectly good furniture"

• Average (noun)

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"

• Average (noun)

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

"underground water reserves are below average"

"they take about thirty minutes on average"

• Average (noun)

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

• Average (noun)

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"

• Average (verb)

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

"annual inflation averaged 2.4 per cent"

• Average (verb)

calculate or estimate the average of

"they earned only £35 weekly when their seasonal earnings were averaged out"

• Average (verb)

result in an even distribution; even out

"it is reasonable to hope that the results will average out"

• Average (verb)

result in an average figure of

"the cost should average out at about £6 per page"

Oxford Dictionary
• Percentage (noun)

A certain rate per cent; the allowance, duty, rate of interest, discount, or commission, on a hundred.

• Average (noun)

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.

• Average (noun)

A tariff or duty on goods, etc.

• Average (noun)

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.

• Average (noun)

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

• Average (noun)

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

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.

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

• Average

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

• Average

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

• Average

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

• Average (verb)

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.

Webster Dictionary
• Percentage (noun)

a proportion multiplied by 100

• Percentage (noun)

assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;

"he wanted his share in cash"

• Average (noun)

a statistic describing the location of a distribution;

"it set the norm for American homes"

• Average (verb)

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

"The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40"

• Average (verb)

achieve or reach on average;

"He averaged a C"

• Average (verb)

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"