AskDefine | Define normal

Dictionary Definition

normal adj
1 conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal; "serve wine at normal room temperature"; "normal diplomatic relations"; "normal working hours"; "normal word order"; "normal curiosity"; "the normal course of events" [ant: abnormal]
2 in accordance with scientific laws [ant: paranormal]
3 being approximately average or within certain limits in e.g. intelligence and development; "a perfectly normal child"; "of normal intelligence"; "the most normal person I've ever met" [ant: abnormal]
4 forming a right angle n : something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors" [syn: convention, pattern, rule, formula]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Latin normalis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

normal
  1. According to norms or rules.
    Organize the data into third normal form.
  2. Usual; ordinary
    Felicia baked the bread the normal way.
  3. Healthy; not sick or ill
    John is feeling normal again.
  4. Pertaining to a school to teach teachers how to teach.
    My grandmother attended Mankato State Normal School.
  5. (informal, pejorative towards homosexuals) Heterosexual.
    We don't like your sort around here - this bar is for normal people.
  6. of, relating to, or being a solution containing one equivalent weight of solute per litre of solution.
  7. (Of a mode in an oscillating system) In which all parts of an object vibrate at the same frequency; See normal mode
  8. Perpendicular to a tangent line or derivative of a surface in Euclidean space.
    ''The interior normal vector of a ideal perfect sphere will always point toward the center, and the exterior normal vector directly away, and both will always be co-linear with the ray whose' tip ends at the point of intersection, which is the intersection of all three sets of points.''
  9. (Of a subgroup) whose cosets form a group
  10. (Of a field extension of a field K) which is the splitting field of a family of polynomials in K
  11. (Of a distribution) which has a very specific bell curve shape
  12. (Of a family of continuous functions) which is pre-compact
  13. (Of a function from the ordinals to the ordinals) which is strictly monotonically increasing and continuous with respect to the order topology
  14. (Of a matrix) which commutes with its conjugate transpose
  15. (Of a Hilbert space operator) which commutes with its adjoint
  16. (Of an epimorphism) which is the cokernel of some morphism
  17. (Of a monomorphism) which is the kernel of some morphism
  18. (Of a morphism) which is a normal epimorphism or a normal monomorphism
  19. (Of a category) in which every monomorphism is normal
  20. (Of a real number) whose digits, in any base representation, enjoy a uniform distribution
  21. (Of a topology) in which disjoint closed sets can be separated by disjoint neighborhoods

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

according to norms or rules
* Arabic: (ʕādiy),
healthy; not sick or ill
pertaining to a school to teach teachers how to teach
informal: heterosexual

Noun

  1. A line or vector that is perpendicular to another.

Translations

mathematics: a line perpendicular to another
  • French: normal , normale
  • Hungarian: normális

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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

normal m (f normale, m plural normaux, f plural normales)
  1. normal gloss French

Antonyms

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Spanish

Adjective

  1. normal, standard, regular

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Extensive Definition

"Normal" can refer to several topics, including:

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normal in Danish: Normal
normal in Spanish: Normal
normal in French: Normal
normal in Italian: Normale
normal in Dutch: Normaal
normal in Portuguese: Normal
normal in Finnish: Normaali
normal in Volapük: Normal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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