adjective nor·mal \ˈnr-məl\

: usual or ordinary : not strange

: mentally and physically healthy

Full Definition of NORMAL

:  perpendicular; especially :  perpendicular to a tangent at a point of tangency
a :  according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle
b :  conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern
:  occurring naturally <normal immunity>
a :  of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development
b :  free from mental disorder :  sane
a of a solution :  having a concentration of one gram equivalent of solute per liter
b :  containing neither basic hydroxyl nor acid hydrogen <normal silver phosphate>
c :  not associated <normal molecules>
d :  having a straight-chain structure <normal butyl alcohol>
of a subgroup :  having the property that every coset produced by operating on the left by a given element is equal to the coset produced by operating on the right by the same element
:  relating to, involving, or being a normal curve or normal distribution <normal approximation to the binomial distribution>
of a matrix :  having the property of commutativity under multiplication by the transpose of the matrix each of whose elements is a conjugate complex number with respect to the corresponding element of the given matrix
nor·mal·i·ty \nr-ˈma-lə-tē\ noun
nor·mal·ly \ˈnr-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of NORMAL

  1. He had a normal childhood.
  2. These little setbacks are a normal part of life.
  3. a potato twice as big as normal size
  4. Despite her illness, she was able to lead a normal life.
  5. They had a normal, healthy baby.
  6. Normal people don't react that way.

Origin of NORMAL

Latin normalis, from norma
First Known Use: circa 1696

Rhymes with NORMAL



: the usual or expected state, level, amount, etc.

Full Definition of NORMAL

a :  a normal line
b :  the portion of a normal line to a plane curve between the curve and the x-axis
:  one that is normal
:  a form or state regarded as the norm :  standard

Examples of NORMAL

  1. Your blood pressure is higher than normal.
  2. Let's hope everything returns to normal soon.
  3. I'm glad that things are back to normal.
  4. Oil prices are above normal.

First Known Use of NORMAL

circa 1738


geographical name Nor·mal \ˈnr-məl\

Definition of NORMAL

town cen Illinois N of Bloomington pop 52,497


Next Word in the Dictionary: normal barragePrevious Word in the Dictionary: NormaAll Words Near: normal
March 06, 2015
eolian Hear it
Deposited, produced, or eroded by wind
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears