norm

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norm

noun \ˈnrm\

norms : standards of proper or acceptable behavior

the norm : an average level of development or achievement

the norm : something (such as a behavior or way of doing something) that is usual or expected

Full Definition of NORM

1
:  an authoritative standard :  model
2
:  a principle of right action binding upon the members of a group and serving to guide, control, or regulate proper and acceptable behavior
3
:  average: as
a :  a set standard of development or achievement usually derived from the average or median achievement of a large group
b :  a pattern or trait taken to be typical in the behavior of a social group
c :  a widespread or usual practice, procedure, or custom <standing ovations became the norm>
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a :  a real-valued nonnegative function defined on a vector space with value analogous to length and satisfying the conditions that the function is zero if and only if the vector is zero, the function of the product of a scalar and a vector is equal to the product of the absolute value of the scalar and the function of the vector, and the function of the sum of two vectors is less than or equal to the sum of the functions of the two vectors; specifically :  the square root of the sum of the squares of the absolute values of the elements of a matrix or of the components of a vector
b :  the greatest distance between two successive points of a set of points that partition an interval into smaller intervals

Examples of NORM

  1. She scored well above the norm in math.
  2. Smaller families have become the norm.
  3. Women used to stay at home to take care of the children, but that's no longer the norm.

Origin of NORM

Latin norma, literally, carpenter's square
First Known Use: 1674

Rhymes with NORM

norm

noun \ˈn(ə)rm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NORM

: an established standard or average: as a : a set standard of development or achievement usually derived from the average or median achievement of a large group b : a pattern or trait taken to be typical in the behavior of a social group

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