normal

adjective
nor·​mal | \ ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce normal (audio) \

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 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 2)

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

Other Words from normal

Adjective

normality \ nȯr-​ˈma-​lə-​tē How to pronounce normal (audio) \ noun
normally \ ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce normal (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Interrupted sleep is not uncommon and waking up once or twice briefly at night is quite normal. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2022 The 90-day precipitation outlook calls for below normal chances of rain extending from the Pacific Northwest, Northern Plains and again into the Southern Plains. Tom Sater And Taylor Ward, CNN, 19 May 2022 After expenses, gas stations are making between 5 cents and 10 cents a gallon, according to owners and industry analysts, down from a more normal range of 20 cents to 30 cents. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 No normal consumer should have to face this on a basic & necessary phone app.@lockheimer, is this what RCS & Chat features are meant to be? Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 May 2022 Many Americans have decided to accept the risk of infection to resume their normal routines. New York Times, 18 May 2022 Temperatures reaching the mid-70s are pretty close to normal. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Are stomach pain and cramps normal in early pregnancy? Korin Miller, SELF, 18 May 2022 Whether in the bubble or a normal playoff season, Butler brings a different level of mental and physical fire. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the workforce returns to the office, revenue-generating teams can’t go back to the old normal of mass, generic outreach. Kris Rudeegraap, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Along with a return to the new normal comes a need for travelers to recapture that vibe that accompanies certain destinations. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Despite no previous experience, Hendon is adjusting to the new normal of officiating, just like the rest of his colleagues. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 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, 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, 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, 14 Feb. 2020 Temperatures will remain within a few degrees of seasonal normals through at least midweek. oregonlive, 10 Feb. 2020 Temperatures are expected to stay above season normals Monday and Tuesday, according to the weather service. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, 15 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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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

Other Words from normal

normally \ ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce normal (audio) \ adverb

normal

noun

Medical Definition of normal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a subject who is normal

Normal geographical name

Nor·​mal | \ ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce Normal (audio) \

Definition of Normal

town north of Bloomington in central Illinois population 52,497

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