Mean v. t. [imp. & p. p. Meant p. pr. & vb. n. Meaning.]
1. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do?
What mean ye by this service ? --Ex. xii. 26.
Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good. --Gen. 1. 20.
I am not a Spaniard
To say that it is yours and not to mean it. --Longfellow.
2. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
What mean these seven ewe lambs ? --Gen. xxi. 29.
Go ye, and learn what that meaneth. --Matt. ix. 13.
Meant imp. & p. p. of 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]
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, 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]
6: used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative
of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly
tip" [syn: mingy, miserly, tight]
7: used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve
contempt [syn: beggarly]
n : an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of
the numbers and dividing by some function of n [syn: mean
v 1: mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand
what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?" [syn: intend]
2: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means
that we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: entail,
3: denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An
example sentence would show what this word means" [syn: 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, 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]
7: destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers
were meant for you"