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 : characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine normal working hours under normal circumstances It was just a normal, average day. He had a normal childhood. Their reaction to the news was normal and expected. The noise made it impossible to carry on a normal conversation. Challenges are a normal part of life; remind yourself of that—and keep going.— Gabrielle Gayagoy
b : according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, procedure, or principle The normal spelling rule is "i before e, except after c." They filed the paperwork in the normal way. The plane was able to make a normal approach and landing. … is your home office either your principal place of work or a place where you meet with customers or clients in the normal course of business?— Rosalind Resnick and Susie Archer
2 : occurring naturally normal immunity Cornell researchers showed that monarch butterflies that fed on leaves dusted with pollen from this [genetically] modified corn grew less and had higher mortality than larvae that fed on leaves dusted with normal pollen.— Russell Schoch
3a : approximating the statistical average or norm The west coast had normal rainfall for the season. normal scores for the tenth grade algebra exam a country's normal death rate Their insulin and blood sugar levels are within normal range.— Moises Velasquez-Manoff
b : generally free from physical or mental impairment or dysfunction : exhibiting or marked by healthy or sound functioning normal reflexes Fifteen normal subjects and 40 asthmatics of variable severity were studied.— J. Bousquet et al. However, my experience is that there are many, many normal people with no psychiatric illness who have music playing in their head almost all the time or all the time.— Keith W. Roach
c : not exhibiting defect or irregularity normal and malignant cells a normal heart
d : within a range considered safe, healthy, or optimal normal blood pressure normal lab tests
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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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 Occasional wildfires are normal in the Pantanal, so much so that some plants in the region developed resistance to fires -- for example by growing thick bark or covering their seeds with hard shells. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The world's largest wetlands are on fire. That's a disaster for all of us," 13 Nov. 2020 In a year in which few things are normal, CBS has been weighing contingencies if the Masters isn’t over by 4 p.m. on Sunday. Joe Reedy, sun-sentinel.com, "Will Dolphins game be on CBS if Masters coverage runs past 4:05 p.m.? Maybe.," 13 Nov. 2020 That's normal because there's a 45-day window election officials have to update that information. Nuha Dolby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how Wisconsin certifies votes for final election results -- and how to verify that your in-person vote was counted," 13 Nov. 2020 Still, nothing is normal, from Tom Brady under center in Tampa Bay to the COVID-19 tests that players and team officials begin almost every day with. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Half a season and a Super Bowl ahead for NFL," 12 Nov. 2020 However, due to the pandemic, nothing is normal in 2020 with all Veterans Day events and affairs cancelled. John Benson, cleveland, "Local officials promote Veterans Day visit to Parma’s Veterans Memorial Park," 11 Nov. 2020 Nothing is going to be normal this year, so let the humans figure it out. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Opinion: Here's how Arizona high school football playoff teams should be chosen given COVID-19 impact," 10 Nov. 2020 Figueroa said pauses are normal in clinical trials and potentially reassuring during a whirlwind vaccine process. Emily Woodruff, NOLA.com, "Tulane seeks 2,000 volunteers for Johnson & Johnson vaccine trials," 6 Nov. 2020 His vital signs were stable and his physical exam was normal, so he was treated with oral ibuprofen and discharged with a diagnosis of presumptive viral syndrome. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Doctors Thought a California Man Had COVID-19, but It Was Actually Murine Typhus—Here's What to Know," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite no previous experience, Hendon is adjusting to the new normal of officiating, just like the rest of his colleagues. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Coronavirus has sparked referee shortages. Instead of panicking, here’s how Texas HS football officials are adapting.," 24 Aug. 2020 The world is slowly beginning to reopen, and new normals are emerging as nations navigate life amid a global pandemic. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 17 May 2020 Without that discussion, our new normals may become a world in which a little bit more of our inner selves is out there in the ether, at risk of misuse. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "9/11 saw much of our privacy swept aside. Coronavirus could end it altogether," 16 May 2020 Computer model forecasts had suggested large parts of the Antarctic peninsula would be between 20 and 40 degrees above normal between Feb. 7 and Feb. 9, as an unusually strong high-pressure zone was in the vicinity. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Temperature in Antarctica soars to a possible modern record of 69 degrees," 14 Feb. 2020 Temperatures will remain within a few degrees of seasonal normals through at least midweek. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Patchy morning fog, gradual clearing; high 49," 10 Feb. 2020 Temperatures are expected to stay above season normals Monday and Tuesday, according to the weather service. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Hot, dry temperatures expected Sunday," 15 Sep. 2019 Dressing like a duchess is always enviable, but not always affordable for us normals. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's $80 Wimbledon Shoes Are Still in Stock," 21 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of normal

Adjective

1704, 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 in 1704

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16 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Normal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/normal. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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 : conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern : characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine a normal childhood Great progress has been made in the past few years in the ability to differentiate normal aging-related memory changes from the impairments associated with dementia, including Alzheimer disease …— C. Munro Cullum et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association
b : approximating the statistical average or norm normal cases of infectious disease a country's normal birth rate
2a : generally free from physical or mental impairment or dysfunction : exhibiting or marked by healthy or sound functioning normal reflexes Fifteen normal subjects and 40 asthmatics of variable severity were studied.— J. Bousquet et al., American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
b : not exhibiting defect or irregularity a normal spine normal cells
c : within a range considered safe, healthy, or optimal normal blood pressure normal lab results
3a 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

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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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