  # Percentage vs. Average — What's the Difference? ## Definitions

#### Percentage➦

In mathematics, a percentage (from Latin per centum "by a hundred") is a number or ratio expressed as a fraction of 100. It is often denoted using the percent sign, "%", although the abbreviations "pct.", "pct" and sometimes "pc" are also used.

#### 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.

#### Percentage➦

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

#### Average➦

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

#### Percentage➦

A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98.

#### Average➦

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

#### Percentage➦

The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent.

#### Average➦

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

#### Percentage➦

A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part
The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience.

#### Average➦

Amount to or achieve as an average rate or amount over a period of time; mean
Annual inflation averaged 2.4 per cent

#### Percentage➦

An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales
Work for a percentage.

#### Average➦

A number that typifies a set of numbers of which it is a function.

#### Percentage➦

There is no percentage in work without pay.

#### Average➦

See arithmetic mean.

#### Percentage➦

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.

#### Average➦

An intermediate level or degree
Near the average in size.

#### Percentage➦

A share of the sales, profits, gross margin or similar.
She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.

#### Average➦

The usual or ordinary kind or quality
Although the wines vary, the average is quite good.

#### Percentage➦

There was no percentage in staying at home.

#### Average➦

(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.

#### Percentage➦

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

#### Average➦

The loss of a ship or cargo, caused by damage at sea.

#### Percentage➦

A proportion multiplied by 100

#### Average➦

The incurrence of damage or loss of a ship or cargo at sea.

#### Percentage➦

Assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;
He wanted his share in cash

#### Average➦

The equitable distribution of such a loss among concerned parties.

#### Average➦

A charge incurred through such a loss.

#### Average➦

(Nautical)Small expenses or charges that are usually paid by the master of a ship.

#### Average➦

(Mathematics)Of, relating to, or constituting an average.

#### Average➦

Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale
A movie of average length.
A player of average ability.

#### Average➦

Usual or ordinary in kind or character
A poll of average people.
Average eyesight.

#### Average➦

Assessed in accordance with the law of averages.

#### Average➦

(Mathematics)To calculate the average of
Average a set of numbers.

#### Average➦

To do or have an average of
Averaged three hours of work a day.

#### Average➦

To distribute proportionately
Average one's income over four years so as to minimize the tax rate.

#### Average➦

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.

#### Average➦

(mathematics) The arithmetic mean.
2=The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

Customs duty or similar charge payable on transported goods.

#### Average➦

Proportional or equitable distribution of financial expense.

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

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.

#### Average➦

(not comparable) Constituting or relating to the average.
The average age of the participants was 18.5.

#### Average➦

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.

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

(transitive) To compute the average of, especially the arithmetic mean.
If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.

#### Average➦

(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.

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

(intransitive) To be, generally or on average.

#### Average➦

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➦

A tariff or duty on goods, etc.

#### Average➦

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➦

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

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

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.

#### Average➦

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➦

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.

#### Average➦

A statistic describing the location of a distribution;
It set the norm for American homes

#### Average➦

Amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain;
The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40

#### Average➦

Achieve or reach on average;
He averaged a C

#### Average➦

Compute the average of

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered;
Average people
The ordinary (or common) man in the street

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

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

#### Average➦

Relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution;
The modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30

#### Average➦

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