*norma,*literally, carpenter's square

First Known Use: 1674

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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

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

Latin *norma,* literally, carpenter's square

First Known Use: 1674

average, mean, median, norm mean something that represents a middle point. average is the quotient obtained by dividing the sum total of a set of figures by the number of figures <scored an *average* of 85 on tests>. mean may be the simple average or it may represent value midway between two extremes <a high of 70° and a low of 50° give a *mean* of 60°>. median applies to the value that represents the point at which there are as many instances above as there are below <*average* of a group of persons earning 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 dollars an hour is 6 dollars, whereas the *median* is 5 dollars>. norm means the average of performance of a significantly large group, class, or grade <scores about the *norm* for fifth grade arithmetic>.

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