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Definition of "norm" []

  • A standard, model, or pattern regarded as typical: the current middle-class norm of two children per family. (noun)
  • Mathematics A mode. (noun)
  • Mathematics An average. (noun)
  • Mathematics The length of a vector. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "norm" in a sentence
  • "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."