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noun (1)

plural normae
: a standard position for viewing a part (as the skull)
also : an aspect of a bodily part (as the cranium)
: a line or pattern indicating the contour of the cranium


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noun (2)

Nor·​ma ˈnȯr-mə How to pronounce Norma (audio)
: a southern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Ara and Lupus and that is represented by the figure of a drafting square
… a second group of Dutch astronomers found a binary star in the constellation Norma flickering at 900 times a second.Tulsa World, 5 May 1996

Word History


Noun (1)

Latin, carpenter's square, pattern, rule

First Known Use

Noun (2)

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of norma was in 1810

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“Norma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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