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 Travel times across the Milwaukee area freeway system were at least double what is considered normal. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee sets third daily snowfall record in past two weeks as early winter continues to grip Wisconsin; record low temperatures possible," 11 Nov. 2019 Now political observers are trying to figure out whether the party’s transformation from the shining city on a hill to American carnage is a temporary phenomenon -- just some weird sh-t tied directly to Trump -- or its new normal for years to come. oregonlive, "Donald Trump’s ‘American carnage’ emphasis remade GOP, but most Republicans say the change is ‘temporary’," 8 Nov. 2019 Directed by Mongkolsiri, the film picks up on the ancient kra sue myth of a seemingly normal-by-day girl whose head becomes detached from her body by night and then sets off looking for flesh on which to feast. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: A Guide to All 92 Foreign-Language Submissions," 7 Nov. 2019 If someone has prediabetes, their blood glucose will be higher than normal but not quite in the type 2 diabetic range yet, per the NIDDK. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "10 Signs and Symptoms of High Blood Sugar to Be Aware Of," 6 Nov. 2019 Say a parent takes a child for an exam and the exam is normal. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "A Test With No Answer," 30 Oct. 2019 The museum will reopen for normal operations at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 30, unless otherwise stated, officials said. Beth Rankin, The Know, "Denver events canceled: Snowstorm forces zoo to close; more closures/cancellations rolling in," 29 Oct. 2019 The chives and leeks grew steadily, but slower than normal. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Space Farmers Could Grow Crops in Lunar and Martian Soil, Study Suggests," 22 Oct. 2019 Now's your chance to save on SD cards (both micro and normal), external hard drives and even network storage units. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Save on SD cards and external storage with Amazon's Gold Box deal," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And Californians are adjusting to a new normal: planned power outages to prevent wildfires from occurring. CNN, "Can California's wildfires teach America a lesson? -- Meanwhile in America," 30 Oct. 2019 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

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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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Time Traveler for normal

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The first known use of normal was circa 1696

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Normal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/normal. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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