normal

adjective
nor·mal | \ˈnȯr-məl \

Definition of normal 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern normal working hours He had a normal childhood. the effect of normal aging

b : according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle The normal way to pluralize a noun is by adding -s.

2 : occurring naturally normal immunity

3a : of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development IQs within the normal range

b : free from mental illness : mentally sound symptoms of paranoia in otherwise normal persons

4a 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

5 : perpendicular especially : perpendicular to a tangent (see tangent entry 1 sense 3) at a point of tangency

6 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

7 : relating to, involving, or being a normal curve or normal distribution normal approximation to the binomial distribution

8 of a matrix : having the property of commutativity under multiplication by the transpose of the matrix (see matrix sense 5a) each of whose elements is a conjugate (see conjugate entry 1 sense 2b) complex number with respect to the corresponding element of the given matrix

normal

noun

Definition of normal (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a form or state regarded as the norm : standard

2 : one that is normal

3a : a normal line

b : the portion of a normal line to a plane curve between the curve and the x-axis

Normal

geographical name
Nor·mal | \ˈnȯr-məl \

Definition of Normal (Entry 3 of 3)

town north of Bloomington in central Illinois population 52,497

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Adjective

normality \nȯr-ˈma-lə-tē \ noun
normally \ˈnȯr-mə-lē \ adverb

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Adjective

regular, normal, typical, natural mean being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average. regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern. the club's regular monthly meeting normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected. normal behavior for a two-year-old typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality. a typical small town natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being. the natural love of a mother for her child

Examples of normal in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

Your blood pressure is higher than normal. Let's hope everything returns to normal soon. I'm glad that things are back to normal. Oil prices are above normal.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Mass shootings have become so commonplace, even the most empathetic around us feels dazed into a new sense of normal. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Pusher & Anjulie Address Gun Violence With Pixel-Pop on 'All We Can Do': Exclusive," 12 July 2018 The amount of moisture in the atmosphere is 175 to 200 percent of normal for early July, Gregoria said. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Thunderstorms expected in mountains, possibly inland valleys," 11 July 2018 And even if things essentially return to normal in Gilead after this, will the Waterfords face any consequences for letting their baby be taken? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 Your doctor can test your fasting plasma glucose level to check for Type 2 diabetes (a normal reading is less than 100 mg/dl). Cara Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Ignore calories and BMI. Here are the health numbers that really matter.," 9 July 2018 While this summer may feel hotter than normal, Detroit had three 90-degree days in June 2017, according to the NWS. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Showers Wednesday likely to give way to scorching weekend," 27 June 2018 Curves less than this may be visual when looking at the back but are considered normal. Dr. Carolyn Kienstra And Dr. Alicia Morrisson, miamiherald, "Scoliosis a common condition that could require medical care," 12 June 2018 In normal times, Buzdum can predict steel and aluminum prices six months in advance. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trump's global trade war expected to inflict economic causalities in Wisconsin and across nation," 10 July 2018 But these are far from normal times, even for the routinely bumpy U.S.-Mexico relationship. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Mexico’s leftist president-elect begins his outreach to the U.S. and Trump," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The most severe cold is forecast to concentrate in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia where temperatures of 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (18 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit) below normal are predicted. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Europe braces for ‘beast from the east’ cold snap, potentially the most severe in 5 years," 23 Feb. 2018 The grayscaler and the time-manager are outliers in the herd of normals. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 The two were photographed in Malibu on a hike, like normals. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Touched Yesterday," 8 Mar. 2018 Kim and Chrissy, naturally, documented the shindig on social media, allowing us normals who weren't invited to live vicariously through their Instagram Stories. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Threw Chrissy Teigen an Incredible Surprise Baby Shower," 28 Apr. 2018 Ahead, a few of our favorite stories about celebs (hello, T. Swift!) who randomly turned up at the weddings of normals. refinery29.com, "13 Times Celebrities Crashed The Weddings Of Normals," 4 June 2018 The invite list to the royal wedding is kept to an intimate 600 people, not including the 2,640 normals (such as myself, in a better world) who will be spectacle-ing on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Rihanna's Answer to Why She Wasn't Invited to the Royal Wedding Is Honestly Perfection," 13 May 2018 Temperature normals begin to rise in D.C. as of today. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Very cold again tonight, but temperatures are near average Thursday as a thaw begins," 17 Jan. 2018 Yet at worst, chasing some elusive notion of normal could put the global recovery at risk. The Economist, "Free exchangeCan’t hardly wait," 22 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'normal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of normal

Adjective

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Noun

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for normal

Adjective

borrowed from Latin normālis "made according to a carpenter's square, forming a right angle," from norma "carpenter's square" + -ālis -al entry 1 — more at norm

Noun

borrowed from New Latin normālis, noun derivative of Latin normālis "forming a right angle" — more at normal entry 1

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normal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of normal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: usual or ordinary : not strange

: mentally and physically healthy

normal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of normal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

normal

adjective
nor·mal | \ˈnȯr-məl \

Kids Definition of normal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of the regular or usual kind a normal day

2 : healthy in body or mind a normal baby boy

Other Words from normal

normally adverb

normal

noun

Kids Definition of normal (Entry 2 of 2)

: the usual form, state, level, or amount : average After the County Fair, life in Centerburg eases itself back to normal.— Robert McCloskey, Homer Price

normal

adjective
nor·mal | \ˈnȯr-məl \

Medical Definition of normal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle

b : conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern

2 : occurring naturally and not because of disease, inoculation, or any experimental treatment normal immunity

3a : of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development

b : free from mental illness : sane

c : characterized by balanced well-integrated functioning of the organism as a whole

4a of a solution : having a concentration of one gram equivalent of solute per liter

b : containing neither basic hydrogen nor acid hydrogen normal phosphate of silver

c : not associated normal molecules

d : having a straight-chain structure normal pentane

Other Words from normal

normally \ˈnȯr-mə-lē \ adverb

normal

noun

Medical Definition of normal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a subject who is normal

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