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 for mean
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mean \Mean\, v. i.
     To have a purpose or intention. [Rare, except in the phrase
     to mean well, or ill.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mean \Mean\ (m[=e]n), a. [Compar. Meaner (m[=e]n"[~e]r);
     superl. Meanest.] [OE. mene, AS. m[=ae]ne wicked; akin to
     m[=a]n, a., wicked, n., wickedness, OS. m[=e]n wickedness,
     OHG. mein, G. meineid perjury, Icel. mein harm, hurt, and
     perh. to AS. gem[=ae]ne common, general, D. gemeen, G.
     gemein, Goth. gam['a]ins, and L. communis. The AS. gem[=ae]ne
     prob. influenced the meaning.]
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     1. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar;
        humble. "Of mean parentage." --Sir P. Sidney.
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              The mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth
              himself.                              --Is. ii. 9.
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     2. Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of
        honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.
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              Can you imagine I so mean could prove,
              To save my life by changing of my love ? --Dryden.
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     3. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard;
        contemptible; despicable.
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              The Roman legions and great Caesar found
              Our fathers no mean foes.             --J. Philips.
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     4. Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
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     5. Penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean
        hospitality.
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     Note: Mean is sometimes used in the formation of compounds,
           the sense of which is obvious without explanation; as,
           meanborn, mean-looking, etc.
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     Syn: Base; ignoble; abject; beggarly; wretched; degraded;
          degenerate; vulgar; vile; servile; menial; spiritless;
          groveling; slavish; dishonorable; disgraceful; shameful;
          despicable; contemptible; paltry; sordid. See Base.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mean \Mean\ (m[=e]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Meant (m[e^]nt); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Meaning.] [OE. menen, AS. m[=ae]nan to recite,
     tell, intend, wish; akin to OS. m[=e]nian to have in mind,
     mean, D. meenen, G. meinen, OHG. meinan, Icel. meina, Sw.
     mena, Dan. mene, and to E. mind. [root]104. See Mind, and
     cf. Moan.]
     1. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to
        intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do?
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              What mean ye by this service ?        --Ex. xii. 26.
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              Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto
              good.                                 --Gen. 1. 20.
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              I am not a Spaniard
              To say that it is yours and not to mean it.
                                                    --Longfellow.
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     2. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
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              What mean these seven ewe lambs ?     --Gen. xxi.
                                                    29.
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              Go ye, and learn what that meaneth.   --Matt. ix.
                                                    13.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mean \Mean\, n.
     1. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes
        of place, time, or number; the middle point or place;
        middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of
        extremes or excess; moderation; measure.
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              But to speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is
              temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude.
                                                    --Bacon.
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              There is a mean in all things.        --Dryden.
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              The extremes we have mentioned, between which the
              wellinstracted Christian holds the mean, are
              correlatives.                         --I. Taylor.
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     2. (Math.) A quantity having an intermediate value between
        several others, from which it is derived, and of which it
        expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise
        specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the
        quantities together and dividing by their number, which is
        called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the
        nth root of the product of the n quantities being
        averaged.
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     3. That through which, or by the help of which, an end is
        attained; something tending to an object desired;
        intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or
        coagent; instrument.
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              Their virtuous conversation was a mean to work the
              conversion of the heathen to Christ.  --Hooker.
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              You may be able, by this mean, to review your own
              scientific acquirements.              --Coleridge.
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              Philosophical doubt is not an end, but a mean. --Sir
                                                    W. Hamilton.
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     Note: In this sense the word is usually employed in the
           plural form means, and often with a singular attribute
           or predicate, as if a singular noun.
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                 By this means he had them more at vantage.
                                                    --Bacon.
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                 What other means is left unto us.  --Shak.
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     4. pl. Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like,
        considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an
        instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose;
        disposable force or substance.
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              Your means are very slender, and your waste is
              great.                                --Shak.
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     5. (Mus.) A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between
        the soprano and base; a middle part. [Obs.]
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              The mean is drowned with your unruly base. --Shak.
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     6. Meantime; meanwhile. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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     7. A mediator; a go-between. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
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              He wooeth her by means and by brokage. --Chaucer.
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     By all means, certainly; without fail; as, go, by all
        means.
  
     By any means, in any way; possibly; at all.
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              If by any means I might attain to the resurrection
              of the dead.                          --Phil. iii.
                                                    ll.
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     By no means, or By no manner of means, not at all;
        certainly not; not in any degree.
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              The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so
              good as that on the other.            --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mean \Mean\, a. [OE. mene, OF. meiien, F. moyen, fr. L. medianus
     that is in the middle, fr. medius; akin to E. mid. See
     Mid.]
     1. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway
        between extremes.
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              Being of middle age and a mean stature. --Sir. P.
                                                    Sidney.
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     2. Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
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              According to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or
              lowly.                                --Milton.
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     3. (Math.) Average; having an intermediate value between two
        extremes, or between the several successive values of a
        variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean
        distance; mean motion; mean solar day.
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     Mean distance (of a planet from the sun) (Astron.), the
        average of the distances throughout one revolution of the
        planet, equivalent to the semi-major axis of the orbit.
  
     Mean error (Math. Phys.), the average error of a number of
        observations found by taking the mean value of the
        positive and negative errors without regard to sign.
  
     Mean-square error, or Error of the mean square (Math.
        Phys.), the error the square of which is the mean of the
        squares of all the errors; -- called also, mean square
        deviation, mean error.
  
     Mean line. (Crystallog.) Same as Bisectrix.
  
     Mean noon, noon as determined by mean time.
  
     Mean proportional (between two numbers) (Math.), the square
        root of their product.
  
     Mean sun, a fictitious sun supposed to move uniformly in
        the equator so as to be on the meridian each day at mean
        noon.
  
     Mean time, time as measured by an equable motion, as of a
        perfect clock, or as reckoned on the supposition that all
        the days of the year are of a mean or uniform length, in
        contradistinction from apparent time, or that actually
        indicated by the sun, and from sidereal time, or that
        measured by the stars.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mean
      adj 1: approximating the statistical norm or average or expected
             value; "the average income in New England is below that
             of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the
             mean annual rainfall" [syn: average, mean(a)]
      2: characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean
         mood" [syn: hateful, mean]
      3: having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that
         liberal obedience without which your army would be a base
         rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd
         with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something
         essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics" [syn:
         base, mean, meanspirited]
      4: excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"
      5: marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence
         in the slums"; "a mean hut" [syn: beggarly, mean]
      6: (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative
         of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly
         tip" [syn: mean, mingy, miserly, tight]
      7: (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve
         contempt [syn: beggarly, mean]
      8: of no value or worth; "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"
         [syn: bastardly, mean]
      n 1: an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of
           the numbers and dividing by some function of n [syn:
           mean, mean value]
      v 1: mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand
           what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?" [syn: mean,
           intend]
      2: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that
         we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: entail, imply,
         mean]
      3: denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An
         example sentence would show what this word means" [syn:
         mean, intend, signify, stand for]
      4: have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to
         help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to
         return early that night" [syn: intend, mean, think]
      5: have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means
         nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
      6: intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk
         about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about
         people who gossip!" [syn: think of, have in mind, mean]
      7: destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers
         were meant for you"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  693 Moby Thesaurus words for "mean":
     Herculean, Lenten, Mickey Mouse, OK, Spartan, abject, abominable,
     absolutely, abstemious, abstruse, abysmal, ace-high, add up to,
     affect, agency, agent, ailing, aim, aim at, allegorize, allude to,
     amidships, apparatus, approach, arduous, argue, arrant, ascetic,
     aspire after, aspire to, assets, assume, assuredly, at all events,
     at any cost, atrocious, attest, augur, austere, authoritarian,
     avenue, average, backing, bad, bad-tempered, baleful, banal,
     bang-up, base, base-minded, baseborn, be after, be construed as,
     be indicative of, be significant of, be symptomatic of, bearish,
     beggarly, below the salt, beneath contempt, bespeak, betoken,
     bigot, bigoted, bitchy, bonzer, borne, boss, brandish, breathe,
     bring forth, bring forward, bring into view, bring out,
     bring to mind, bring to notice, brutal, bully, bundle, but good,
     by all means, by dint of, by means of, by no means, by way of,
     cankered, cantankerous, capital, carry, center, central, certainly,
     channel, characterize, cheap, cheesy, churlish, close, closed,
     coarse, cockney, common, commonplace, communicate, complex,
     compromise, connote, constricted, contemplate, contemptible,
     convey, cool, core, corking, count, course, crabbed, crackerjack,
     cramped, cranky, creedbound, critical, cross, cross-grained, cruel,
     crummy, crusty, cussed, dandy, dangle, deaf, deaf to reason,
     debased, declasse, deficient, definitely, degenerate, degraded,
     delicate, delicious, demanding, demonstrate, denominate, denote,
     depraved, design, designate, desire, despicable, destine,
     determine, develop, diameter, diaphragm, differentiate, difficile,
     difficult, dirty, disagreeable, disclose, disgraceful, disgusting,
     dismal, disobliging, display, divine, divulge, donsie, dramatize,
     dreary, drive at, ducky, dwarfed, dwarfish, effective, embody,
     enact, entail, equator, equatorial, equidistant, equipment, estate,
     evidence, evince, exacting, excellent, exceptional, excitable,
     execrable, exhibit, exiguous, expect, expose to view, express, fab,
     fair, fairish, fanatical, fashion, feisty, fence, finances,
     fine and dandy, flagrant, flaunt, flourish, foreshadow, foretell,
     foretoken, formidable, fortune, foul, fourth-class, fractious,
     frugal, fulsome, funds, gaudy, gear, get across, get over,
     gimcracky, give evidence, give sign, give token, go for,
     golden mean, grave, great, groovy, gross, grudging, hack, hairy,
     half measures, half-and-half measures, halfway, halfway measures,
     happy medium, harbor a design, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought,
     harmful, hateful, have every intention, have in mind, have in view,
     heart, heavy, heinous, herald, hidebound, highlight, hint, hint at,
     holdings, homely, hope, hostile, hot, huffish, huffy, humble,
     humble-looking, humble-visaged, humblest, hunky-dory, identify,
     ignoble, ill-tempered, illiberal, illuminate, imperfect, implicate,
     imply, import, impoverished, in any case, in any event, in no way,
     inadequate, incarnate, incompetent, indicate, indifferent,
     indisposed, ineffectual, infer, inferior, inglorious, iniquitous,
     innocuous, insinuate, instrument, instrumentality, instrumentation,
     insufficient, insular, intangibles, intend, intercurrent, interior,
     interjacent, intermediary, intermediate, intervenient, intervening,
     intimate, intricate, invidious, involve, irascible, irregular,
     irritable, jam-up, jawbreaking, jejune, just dandy, keen, kernel,
     knotted, knotty, laborious, lean, least, limited, little,
     little-minded, low, low-class, low-down, low-grade, low-minded,
     low-quality, low-test, lowborn, lowbred, lowest, lowliest, lowly,
     lumpen, machinery, make clear, make plain, maladroit, malefic,
     maleficent, malicious, malign, malignant, mangy, manifest, manner,
     mark, marvy, materialize, meager, mean, mean to say, mean-minded,
     mean-spirited, means, measly, medial, median, mediocre,
     mediterranean, medium, menial, mercenary, meretricious, mesial,
     mesne, method, mezzo, mid, middle, middle course, middle ground,
     middle way, middle-of-the-road, middlemost, middling, midland,
     midmost, midriff, midships, midst, midway, mind, mingy, ministry,
     miserable, miserly, mode, moderate, moderateness, moderation,
     modest, money, moneybags, monstrous, name, narrow, narrow-hearted,
     narrow-minded, narrow-souled, narrow-spirited, nasty, near,
     nearsighted, neat, nefarious, nest egg, neutral ground, nifty,
     niggard, niggardly, no matter what, no picnic, no way, nobby,
     nonclerical, norm, normal, not at all, not comparable, not easy,
     not in it, note, noxious, nuclear, nucleus, obnoxious, odious,
     of course, okay, on no account, operose, ordinary, organ, ornery,
     out of it, out of sight, paltry, par, parade, paraphernalia,
     parochial, parsimonious, pathetic, peachy, peachy-keen,
     penny-pinching, penurious, perform, perverse, pesky, petty, pile,
     pinchpenny, pitiable, pitiful, plain, plan, plebeian, pocket,
     point indirectly to, point to, poky, poor, portend, position,
     positively, possessions, prefigure, preindicate, presage, present,
     presign, presignal, presignify, presume, presuppose, pretypify,
     procedure, process, produce, project, proletarian, promise,
     property, propose, provincial, punk, puny, purblind, purport,
     purpose, purse, rank, refer to, represent, reptilian, reserves,
     resolve, resources, reveal, rigorous, ripping, roll out, rough,
     routine, rubbishy, rude, rugged, rum, run-down, sad, savings,
     scabby, scant, scanty, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy, scrubby, scruffy,
     scrumptious, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy, second-best, second-class,
     second-rate, seedy, servile, set, set forth, set with thorns,
     severe, shabby, shabby-genteel, shoddy, shortsighted, show,
     show forth, signal, signify, simple, skilled, skimp, skimpy,
     slap-up, slavish, sleazy, slender, slight, slim, small,
     small-minded, smashing, snappish, so-so, solid, something else,
     sordid, sorry, sour, spare, sparing, specify, spell, spiffing,
     spiffy, spiny, spiteful, spleeny, splenetic, spotlight, squalid,
     stand for, standard, starvation, steep, stingy, stinted, stinting,
     straitened, straitlaced, strenuous, stuffy, stunning, stunted,
     submissive, subservient, subsistence, substance, suggest, support,
     suppose, surely, swell, symbolize, symptomatize, symptomize,
     system, tacky, take for granted, tatty, teachable, technique,
     testify, testy, thick, thick of things, thin, think, third-class,
     third-estate, third-rate, thorny, through, ticklish, tight,
     tight-fisted, tightfisted, tinny, toilsome, token, tough, trashy,
     tricky, trot out, troublous, trumpery, two-for-a-cent,
     two-for-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny, typify, ugly,
     unaccommodating, uncatholic, uncharitable, unchivalrous,
     undignified, undistinguished, unfold, ungenerous, ungenteel,
     unimportant, unkind, unliberal, unmentionable, unnourishing,
     unnutritious, unpleasant, unpretentious, unskillful, unwashed,
     uphill, using, usual, valueless, vehicle, vexatious, via,
     via media, vile, vulgar, waist, waistline, want, waspish, watered,
     watery, wave, way, ways, wealth, weigh, wherewithal, wicked, wish,
     without fail, wizard, wonderful, worthless, wretched, zone
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MEAN. This word is sometimes used for mesne. (q.v.)
  
  

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