/ˈævrɪdʒ/ (say 'avrij), /ˈævərɪdʒ / (say 'avuhrij)

1. an arithmetical mean.
2. a quantity intermediate to a set of quantities.
3. the ordinary, normal, or typical amount, rate, quality, kind, etc.; the common run.
4. Commerce
a. a small charge paid by the master on account of the ship and cargo, such as pilotage, towage, etc.
b. an expense, partial loss, or damage to ship or cargo.
c. the incidence of such an expense or loss on the owners or their insurers.
d. an equitable apportionment among all the interested parties of such an expense or loss.
5. the number of sheep a shearer expects to shear in a typical day: *He … makes his calculation as to who are really bad shearers, and can be discharged without loss to the commonwealth, or who can shear fairly and can be coached up to a decent average. –rolf boldrewood, 1865.
6. of or relating to an average; estimated by average; forming an average.
7. intermediate, medial, or typical in amount, rate, quality, etc.
8. mediocre in quality or performance.
verb (averaged, averaging)
verb (t)
9. to find an average value for; reduce to a mean.
10. to result in, as an arithmetical mean; amount to, as a mean quantity: the profit averages $50 a week.
verb (i)
11. to have or show an average: in general, the weekly profits have averaged as expected.
12. average down, to reduce the average cost of one's holdings by purchasing more of a security or commodity at a lower price.
13. average out, to divide or sort out, more or less evenly.
14. average up, to purchase more of a security or commodity at a higher price to take advantage of a contemplated further rise in prices.
{16th century; from French avarie shared loss or damage to ships, cargo, by all parties involved, related to Italian avaria, from Arabic `awārīya damages}
averagely, adverb

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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