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

Under normal conditions, there will be a balance between the bacteria and fungus on our skin, Hye Jin Chung, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, tells SELF. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "How to Know if You Have 'Fungal Acne'—and How to Treat it," 1 Apr. 2019 Under normal conditions, such as those the U.S. experienced in most of the 19th and 20th centuries, your statement would ring true. WSJ, "The Trade Deficits of Old Financed More Investment," 15 Mar. 2019 Here’s a conundrum for PC gamers: A recent Windows 10 patch solves some of the Spectre mitigation issues, increasing performance—but a new, separate issue means that your GPU and mouse performance may be slower than normal. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Recent Windows 10 patch brings good, bad performance news for PC gamers," 7 Mar. 2019 After such an event, GE's genius Turbo Cool setting can quickly get temperatures back to normal with a jolt of cool air. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators to Buy in 2019, Reviewed By Kitchen Appliance Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 By Sunday, temperatures in the central and eastern parts of the country could drop to 10 to 25 degrees colder than normal. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Polar Vortex Split Is Bringing Snow and Brutal Winter Weather to Much of the U.S.," 16 Jan. 2019 As a result, congestion in major U.S. cities could be as much as four times higher than normal. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Worst Day to Travel Before Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 This otherwise normal person was driven to hysteria! Constance Grady, Vox, "The author of Friday Black explains why he reimagined Black Friday as a zombie plague," 23 Nov. 2018 The Nuclear Triathlon is a test to understand what shocks and vibrations nuclear fuel would experience during normal conditions of transport. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Have nuclear fuel transportation cask, will travel," 3 Aug. 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 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 : 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 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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