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

During a normal day, fewer than 50 reports are registered there. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "Covington doughnut shop among those having Facebook difficulties," 12 July 2018 Some bleeding during delivery is normal, but excessive bleeding can be dangerous. Korin Miller, SELF, "Remy Ma Is Recovering From a Blood Transfusion After Giving Birth," 20 Dec. 2018 These new additions mean that Facebook Messenger now has five different camera modes — normal, video, text, boomerang, and selfie — just two months after Facebook announced a big Messenger redesign with a key emphasis on simplicity. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook introduces Boomerang support and selfie mode for Messenger," 17 Dec. 2018 The flames then spread to other trucks but not to the Shenghua complex itself, which continued to operate as normal, the report said. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant," 28 Nov. 2018 Above-normal precipitation is also expected in the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic States, whether in the form of ice, rain, or freezing rain. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Other Farmers' Almanac Is Predicting a Cold, Snowy Winter and We Don't Know Who to Believe," 27 Aug. 2018 People with Type 2 diabetes produce normal levels of this vital hormone, but their bodies don’t respond appropriately. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes," 13 July 2018 Terry Jo, who worked as a midwife, had suffered two miscarriages after the birth of her daughters, but the results of her amniocentesis and chromosome testing had come back normal. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 The brain is full of all sorts of strategies that make sense in normal life but can be easily tricked. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Optical Illusion Will Have Your Brain Rushing To Fill In The Blanks," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to her bio, Cabot learned her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, like many of us normals. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "6 Things to Know About Sophie Cabot, the Baker Making Princess Eugenie's Wedding Cake," 7 Oct. 2018 Getty Images Yesterday, celebs and normals took to Instagram in full force to wish the women in their lives happy Mother's Day. Marie Claire, "Channing Tatum Wished Jenna Dewan Happy Mother's Day With a Very Sweet Message," 14 May 2018 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

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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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