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

On Wednesday, Blizzard Beach will remain closed, and the other parks will resume normal business operations. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Hurricane Dorian Is Causing Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal to Change Their Hours," 3 Sep. 2019 Richardson’s attorneys were angered by this characterization of events and said her reaction was normal for a teenager who did not plan to become pregnant. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Skylar Richardson: What you need to know as trial starts for former cheerleader charged in buried baby case," 2 Sep. 2019 The report does, however, lay out abundant evidence that such efforts are not normal. Marcy Wheeler, The New Republic, "How Trump’s Justice Department Screwed James Comey," 30 Aug. 2019 My periods began to feel normal for the first time in a decade. Emily Price, Glamour, "I Knew Something Was Wrong With My Body—My Doctors Told Me I Was ‘Just Fat’," 28 Aug. 2019 In many ways, the 2019 season will be normal for Edsall’s team. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "A program in transition: As Huskies kick off season, independent future slowly snaps into focus," 28 Aug. 2019 Because apéritif shots are small scale yet fully built drinks, you could be tempted to make each as a normal size cocktail. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, "You Should Be Doing More Shots," 26 Aug. 2019 The latter country has recently seen its Amazon rainforest burn at a much faster rate than normal. Fox News, "Breathing polluted air is deadlier than previously believed, new study claims," 23 Aug. 2019 Some of these memes, a lot of them, look like things that normal people would post. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "2020 Democrat Michael Bennet sounds the alarm on election interference and social media," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 As of today, the normals are 50 for a high, 33 for a low. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Skies clear for a seasonably cool night and stay that way on a terrific Tuesday," 26 Feb. 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 : 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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