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

Calipari broke from his normal wait-and-see approach with underclassmen by offering Barnes a scholarship as a sophomore. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Hot board: Meet the 2020 recruits Kentucky basketball is targeting," 8 July 2019 But for now, the research team fears that waves of tropical Sargassum could be the new normal. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "This is the world’s largest patch of seaweed. And it’s growing in an unexpected place," 4 July 2019 Pike said that this fear is the new normal: over the past eight years, at least three people have reportedly been bitten by sharks on the Cape. CBS News, "How communities are protecting "land animal" beachgoers from potential shark attacks," 3 July 2019 There is no saving it so much as adapting to the new normal. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate got more time in the Democrats’ first 2020 debate than in all 2016 debates combined," 27 June 2019 Tall cars have long since graduated from the new normal to the norm. Jaclyn Trop, Fortune, "The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Is a Diamond Designed for Rough Terrain," 22 June 2019 Reuters/Jason Lee The seemingly unexpected collapse of trade negotiations between the US and China last month hinted that continual Sino-US tariffs may be the new normal. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The trade war is already pushing businesses out of China—and it could be permanent," 14 June 2019 Trump is a political octopus, squirting so much diversionary black ink at us that diversion is the new normal. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Forget “No Collusion,” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion," 14 June 2019 His outing in the Dodgers’ series opener Thursday against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium demonstrated both the vulnerability of his arsenal and the steeliness of his mettle — a six-inning demonstration of his new normal. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw wins on grit, not power," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For a concave or convex mirror, the normals point inward and outward, respectively. Scientific American, "Distorted Images," 6 June 2019 Which of the three groups (normals, smalls, Epi2s) will be most successful? Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Darwinian Evolution Explains Lamarckism’," 2 June 2017 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 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

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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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