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 a normal weekday, power use in the city increases sharply from about 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., according to data from 400 apartments collected by Columbia University. Patrick J. Lyons, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 30 Apr. 2020 Cells respond to the instructions as a normal part of their daily existence. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Genetic Engineering Could Make a COVID-19 Vaccine in Months Rather Than Years," 29 Apr. 2020 With Cousens' prodding, that sum has come from not just Fortune 500 companies and the NBA, but also normal people around the world who are eager to lend a hand. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Elizabeth Cousens Has Raised Almost $200 Million for the World Health Organization (Mostly) in Her Pajamas," 29 Apr. 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide The iPhone SE performs pretty admirably under normal lighting conditions. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone SE review: Small screen, huge performance," 29 Apr. 2020 If minimizing the death toll and the number of people infected is the most important thing, then decisions to rush back toward normal will count as especially egregious. cleveland, "With coronavirus still spreading and killing, now’s not the time to rush back to normal," 29 Apr. 2020 About half as much trophallaxis took place with sick bees compared with normal workers. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Deadly virus turns honey bees into Trojan horses," 28 Apr. 2020 Earlier Monday, Abbot announced that effective May 1, retail stores, maills, movie theaters and restaurants will be allowed to reopen at no greater than 25 percent of normal capacity. Fox News, "Abbott vows US will adjust to life after coronavirus 'just like we learned how to adjust after 9/11'," 28 Apr. 2020 Back to school brings a bleak new normal for China’s students Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. to Boost Testing; Spain, France to Ease Curbs: Virus Update," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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

2 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Normal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/normal. Accessed 25 May. 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 : 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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