from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A standard, model, or pattern regarded as typical: the current middle-class norm of two children per family.
- n. Mathematics A mode.
- n. Mathematics An average.
- n. Mathematics The length of a vector.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which is regarded as normal or typical.
- n. A rule that is enforced by members of a community.
- n. A sentence with non-descriptive meaning, such as a command, permission, or prohibition.
- n. A function, generally denoted or , that maps vectors to non-negative scalars and has the following properties:
- v. To endow (a vector space, etc) with a norm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rule or authoritative standard; a model; a type.
- n. A typical, structural unit; a type.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rule; a pattern; a model; an authoritative standard.
- n. In biology, a typical structural unit; a type.
- n. In petrography, in the quantitative classification (see rock), the standard mineral composition of an igneous rock, that is, the chemical composition expressed in terms of standard minerals.
- n. An abbreviation of Norman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a statistic describing the location of a distribution
- n. a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical
While the norm is the pillar, and without the norm you can forget about the policy, but in the middle, between the norm and policy, there is evidence.
This week the city's chief health official announced that the daily death toll in Moscow in recent days had reached 700, nearly double what he called the norm, and attributed the increase to the extreme conditions, particularly the heat.
They seem to think that breaking from the norm is a bad thing.
Now, the norm is a one-room house with wall of adobe.
I haven't a clue as to what the norm is here, but it wouldn't hurt to inquire of the municipality - since it was mentioned to you, it seems like a possibility.
Like your dog, if it's not within what we define as our norm, then its creepy and maybe even scary.
I just don't think establishing the idea of a "norm" is particularly useful to discussing the way they tell stories.
The most obvious flaw in this familiar feminist norm is that it completely ignores comparative advantange.
In reality, the 50/50 norm is a source of much needless marital strife.
During Semana Santa in Mexico, the norm is that no church bells ring after the last Mass on Holy Thursday until the middle of the Misa de la Resurreción (Easter Vigil Mass) on Sábado de Gloria.