mean distance


Definition of mean distance

: the arithmetical mean of the maximum and minimum distances of an orbiting celestial object from its primary

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That means distancing itself from Trump, which may be an impossibly tall order and also unpopular among the rank-and-file. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Why the GOP Has Declined in California," 1 Aug. 2019 In 2005, the mean distance between failures was 178,085 miles, the report said. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "MTA May Need $7 Billion More for Subway," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of mean distance

1788, in the meaning defined above

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