normal

adjective
nor·​mal | \ ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce normal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Normal (audio) \

Definition of Normal (Entry 3 of 3)

town north of Bloomington in central Illinois population 52,497

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Other Words from normal

Adjective

normality \ nȯr-​ˈma-​lə-​tē How to pronounce normality (audio) \ noun
normally \ ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce normally (audio) \ 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 Much like the original Blob, the new warm patch consists of water as much as 3°C above normal. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Is ‘The Blob’ back? New marine heat wave threatens Pacific," 17 Sep. 2019 Officers typically return to their normal detail after about 30 days, McSherry said. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 The planet, too, is still marvelously intact, still basically normal—seasons changing, another election year coming, new comedies on Netflix—and its impending collapse is even harder to wrap my mind around than death. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, "What If We Stopped Pretending?," 8 Sep. 2019 Grayling were hanging in the creeks way longer than normal, and warm, low water is the likely culprit. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali Highway is in great shape, and caribou are there for the taking," 8 Sep. 2019 King tides occur when the sun and moon are in such a position that the resulting tides are larger than normal, when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit and the Earth is close to the Sun in its own orbit. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Flooding and king tides loom in South Florida as Hurricane Dorian nears," 2 Sep. 2019 At this weekend’s conference, Fed officials seemed hopeful that the world could return to its pre-Trump normal, when the White House largely avoided talking about the Fed. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Trump Faces a Stubborn Opponent in Fed’s Economic Experts," 25 Aug. 2019 In Dallas-Fort Worth, last month was slightly cooler than normal, with an average high of 94.1 degrees and a low of 75, according to the National Weather Service. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "July was Earth's hottest month ever, but Dallas-Fort Worth lucked out," 15 Aug. 2019 Temperatures the first nine days of August have continued to be above normal, just as rest of the summer season has been. courant.com, "Mostly sunny, low humidity for Saturday," 10 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This happens for seven nonfamine and 13 famine years, which gives a relative ratio of 813 to 845 for normals to smalls. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Darwinian Evolution Explains Lamarckism’," 2 June 2017 To produce the map, the NCEI analyzed 30-year climate normals across the U.S. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "These are the hottest days of the year, historically, in Dallas-Fort Worth, and here’s why," 6 Aug. 2019 After hitting 92 degrees Monday and 88 Tuesday, increased air flow from the coast is expected to bring temperatures back down to August normals. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Saturday weather: August opens with hot, sunny weekend," 3 Aug. 2019 For a flat mirror the normals (represented by the skewers) are parallel. Scientific American, "Distorted Images," 6 June 2019 In an age of new normals, there may be need for new norms. Martin Farr, Quartz, "Donald Trump’s state visit is a sorry sign of the times for the UK," 4 June 2019 The grayscaler and the time-manager are outliers in the herd of normals. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 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 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

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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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The first known use of normal was circa 1696

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normal

adjective
How to pronounce Normal (audio)

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 How to pronounce normal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce normal (audio) \

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 : mentally sound
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 How to pronounce normally (audio) \ adverb

normal

noun

Medical Definition of normal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a subject who is normal

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