mean distance

noun

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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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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1788, in the meaning defined above

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