• WordNet 3.6
    • n meanness extreme stinginess
    • n meanness the quality of being deliberately mean
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Wot yer mean photographin' my wife Wot yer mean photographin' my wife
England and Wales, Mean Annual Rainfall England and Wales, Mean Annual Rainfall
He told them what he thought their dreams must mean He told them what he thought their dreams must mean

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "toy" comes from an old English word that means "tool."
    • Meanness A mean act; as, to be guilty of meanness .
    • Meanness The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess. "This figure is of a later date, by the meanness of the workmanship."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Crayola is a French word that means "Oily chalk."
    • n meanness The state of being mean in grade or quality; want of dignity or distinction; commonness; poorness; rudeness.
    • n meanness Want of mental elevation or dignity, destitution of spirit or honor; contemptibleness; baseness.
    • n meanness Sordid illiberality; stinginess; over-selfish economy in small things; niggardliness.
    • n meanness Synonyms Abjectness, lowness, lowliness, scantiness. slenderness. See abject.
    • n meanness Littleness, Meanness, illiberality, sordidness, penuriousness, closeness, miserliness. Littleness applies to more than meanness applies to, as the understanding and the affections; it is the opposite of all largeness of nature, and especially of magnanimity. Meanness is directly selfish, but in a sordid, groveling, pinching fashion; it is the opposite of nobleness and generosity. See penuriousness.
    • n meanness A mean, vindictive spirit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the Russian space station, Mir, means "peace."
    • n Meanness state or quality of being mean: want of nobility or excellence: a low action
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Pressed into service means pressed out of shape.”
  • William Blake
    “When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.”


Lean and mean - An organisation that is lean and mean has no excess or unnecessary elements and is very competitive.
Man of means - A man, or woman, of means is wealthy.
Shades of meaning - Shades of meaning is a phrase used to describe the small, subtle differences in meaning between similar words or phrases; 'kid' and 'youth' both refer to young people, but carry differing views and ideas about young people.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mǽne, wicked, from mán, wickedness; perh. conn. with A.S. gemǽne, Ger. gemein, common.


In literature:

Ah, but he didn't mean by marriage what so many people mean.
"Second Plays" by A. A. Milne
We made it meaning it, and understanding the meaning of it.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Tell me the meaning of all this?
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
When I put out a production under my name, it means it's the best production I can make with the means I've got.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
In the first line of 87 for Maheswara (meaning Siva) the Bombay text reads Dhaneswara (meaning Kuvera, the lord of treasures).
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
She being and meaning being in being she was being and she being being was meaning and she being was meaning what she being was meaning.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
They all say that when Lord Ongar means a thing he does mean it.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Mean to have a lark with your pretty Miss Kathleen; mean to get a sov.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
You have given me plenty of food for thought, and I mean to sleep on it.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
In the experiments so far described the filling in of the closed space was always made by means of stationary points.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Religion means credulity, and credulity means lies, oppression, cant, corruption.
"The Everlasting Arms" by Joseph Hocking
But the philosophers of Alexandria, so-called, were by no means, without exception, earnest, high-minded, and well-meaning.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
They were also a means of grace; for by means of them a spiritual blessing was bestowed upon the young minister.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles" by Alfred Plummer
Though his means were limited, he employed those means as fully as his materials permitted.
"Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning" by Willard Huntington Wright
Only by means of empirically developed theories, by science, do we overcome the play of accident.
"The Positive Outcome of Philosophy" by Joseph Dietzgen
What he might mean by dogging my footsteps I could not explain, but that there was some meaning I felt quite sure.
"The Passion for Life" by Joseph Hocking
I make delicate inquiries for persons of position and of means.
"The Crime and the Criminal" by Richard Marsh
Facts really exist just as facts, and meanings exist as meanings.
"Essays in Experimental Logic" by John Dewey
Poison was the means used to produce death.
"The White Rose of Memphis" by William C. Falkner
In the first place, professorships do not mean wealth, and, for mother's sake, I mean to be a wealthy man some day.
"The Girls of St. Wode's" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

To God and man be simply true;
Do as thou hast been wont to do;
Bring out thy treasures, old and new—
Mean all the same when said to you.
"To Aurelio Saffi" by George MacDonald
'To save your fame? Your meaning is dim,
For nobody knew of your altar-whim?'
'I mean — I feared
There might be fruit of my tie with him;
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
No seers were they, but simple men;
Its vast results the future hid
The meaning of the work they did
Was strange and dark and doubtful then.
"Lexington" by John Greenleaf Whittier
With pleasing frames and grace received,
With means and ordinances fed;
How happy for a while I lived,
And little feared the want of bread.
"Plenty In A Time Of Dearth" by John Newton
Sweet through thee the blow was giv'n!
To see, and not the power to save;
Was the means decreed by Heav'n,
To haste thy father to his grave.
"Lines" by Elizabeth Beverley
And if the meanings of untold desires
Should charm thy pain of one faint sting,
I will arise amid the scorching fires,
I will arise and sing.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald

In news:

Romney's bad patch doesn't mean it's over (Loop contest).
I mean, again and again and again.
What is the meaning of life.
But when the season begins this year on March 9, it's apt to mean something more: walking when she'd rather drive, for instance, or turning the thermostat way down.
That means it's leaking air—and wasting money.
What it means for women, families and the economy.
You know them from your own childhood, the bullies -- the mean girls, or boys.
As for Howard, she says she will be looking for work consistent with Algonquin 's list as it is: "Books for serious readers, you could say, though that doesn't mean all books on serious topics, by any means".
Fall is here, and for thousands of Hoosiers that means allergies .
That means an empty field will display a 0 instead of a blank cell.
Fall doesn't just mean back to school, it also means back to the playing fields.
After scratching your head about its meaning ( kee tov means "because it's good" in Hebrew), you should know this: The camp is simply awesome.
Especially wealthy civil rights lawyer Molly Munger and her Prop 38 campaign -- are being mean, terribly mean about Brown's treasured temporary tax ballot initiative, Prop 30.
"Kyo" means cooperation in Japanese, and "Daiko" means drum , which translates into a "community of drummers.
0Thanksgiving means home to many people, but that doesn't mean you need to be stuck indoors this holiday.

In science:

We show that the mean squared linking number, the mean squared writhe and the mean squared self-linking number of oriented uniform random walks or polygons of length n, in a convex confined space, are of the form O(n2 ).
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
In section 2 we study the scaling of the mean squared writhe, the mean squared linking number and the mean squared self-linking number of oriented uniform random walks and polygons in confined space with respect to their length.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
The mean acceleration among low-velocity features may be expressed as al = v2 l /Rl , where vl is an effective mean rotational velocity and Rl is the effective mean radius, both for material contributing low-velocity emission.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Hence, for the purpose of calculation, we assume that the low- and high-velocity emission arise at the same effective mean radii (Rh ∼ Rl ≡ R) and that the effective mean rotation velocity of accelerating low-velocity material is the same as the measured mean rotational velocity, vh ∼ vl ≡ v .
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Comparing the ensemble mean (the red line) and the damped ensemble mean (the blue line), the damped ensemble mean has materially lower errors at all lead times, and particularly so at short lead times, where the errors are between a factor of two and four smaller.
Improving the expected accuracy of forecasts of future climate using a simple bias-variance tradeoff
These are: the pedestal mean and width, the single-photoelectron mean and width, and the mean number of photoelectrons.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
The parameters are: pedestal (zero photo-electron peak) mean and width, single-photoelectron peak mean and width, and mean number of photoelectrons per pulse.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
The symbol – means “No activity planned”, The symbol x means “Test of smal l units can be expected”, The symbol xx means “Large scale testbeam planned”.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The value of the mean radius hri in Eq. (25) can be evaluated for the heterogeneous system using Eq. (23) and thus used for definition of rmf to ensure that the mean radius of the effective circle coincides with the mean radius of actual hosts.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
It follows from the conservation of mean that u(t) has the spatial mean 0 for each t ∈ R since u0 has the mean 0.
Remarks on nonlinear smoothing under randomization for the periodic KdV and the cubic Szeg\"o equation
Firstly, we examine the mean cover steps, Mean CS and the mean maximum node load at cover steps, (Mean MNLCS).
Enhanced Random Walk with Choice: An Empirical Study
Definition 1.6 (Global mean speed of propagation) We say that a generalized transition t )t∈R and (Γt )t∈R has global mean speed c (≥ 0) if wave u associated to the families (Ω± |t − s| → c as |t − s| → +∞. dΩ (Γt , Γs ) We say that the transition wave u is almost-stationary if it has global mean speed c = 0.
Generalized transition waves and their properties
The second statement of the theorem follows from the fact that the arithmetic mean of two numbers is greater than their geometric mean, which is 3 in this case, while their harmonic mean is smaller.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots
Quantum mechanics assigns a physical meaning to the absolute value |Ψα |, however it does not assign a meaning to the phase of Ψα , so Ψα = |Ψα | eiθα , and θα , the phase, has always been taken to have no physical meaning.
The Notion of a Random Gauge and its Interpretation
Whereas in a meanfield calculation a nucleon experiences the presence of the others only through the meanfield generated by their mutual interaction, the random phase approximation additionally allows the particles to interact by means of the residual two-body force.
Modeling neutrino-nucleus interactions in the few-GeV regime