• WordNet 3.6
    • n means how a result is obtained or an end is achieved "a means of control","an example is the best agency of instruction","the true way to success"
    • n means an instrumentality for accomplishing some end
    • n means considerable capital (wealth or income) "he is a man of means"
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means "unconquerable."
    • means See mean, n., 7, 8, 9.
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  • Charles Bukowski
    Charles Bukowski
    “That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.”
  • Bob Dylan
    “Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.”
  • George R. Hendrick
    George R. Hendrick
    “True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. -”
  • Thomas Traherne
    “Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.”


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.


In literature:

This of course means that states of "inattention" do not exist in normal people.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Up on the higher level, with God, the word "father" really includes all that both father and mother mean to us.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
Law means a rule of action, directing that which is right and prohibiting that which is wrong.
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
Forest operations have a largeness in conception and execution that leads away from the habit of the mean, small and foolish economics.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
How man can extract the meaning out of a fine word, and use the word without its meaning.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
Brought up to know what money means, he is not easily carried away by enthusiastic reports.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
Trials have no meaning, unless they are means to an end.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
That at the same time it provided him with the means of bodily subsistence only added to the horror of the thing.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
I do not mean only the use of natural imagery; I mean much more the use of parallelism to reinforce that imagery.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
Does that not mean you are again at war with Mexico?
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
If reform does not and cannot mean restoration, it is bound to mean reconstruction.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
Its grand meaning was a meaning, all at once, for her.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The Romans were particularly desirous of being thought descendants of the gods, as if to hide the meanness of their real ancestry.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
Oh, be sure that He means well by us by what we suffer, and it is when we suffer that He often makes the meaning clearer.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
So now I mean to try another.
"An Ambitious Woman" by Edgar Fawcett
As a general rule, whatever a verse of the Bible seems to mean, it does mean.
"Practical Religion" by John Charles Ryle
I mean many attempts ...
"A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis" by Sigmund Freud
Organization means creed, and creed means petrifaction and tyranny.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
It may mean discouragement, but there is no reason why it should, in all cases, mean failure.
"A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution" by C. M. Williams
And in writing, the only way we have of expressing these shades of meaning is by means of punctuation marks.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton

In poetry:

A father lean
Upon the scene,
Looks awful mean--
"Vitascope Pictures" by Edwin Carty Ranck
I know not what her word may mean,
I know not what may mean the voices
She sends as messengers serene,
That through the silvery silence lean,
To tell me where her heart rejoices.
"Allurement" by Madison Julius Cawein
I will see if I have no meaning, while the houses and ships have
I will see if the fishes and birds are to be enough for themselves,
and I am not to be enough for myself.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
I coulde desire to know the meane
Or that the meane desyre soughte;
I woulde I coulde my fancye weane
From suche sweet joyes as Love hathe wroughte;
Onlye my wishe is leaste of all
A badge whereby to know a thrall.
"I would and I would not" by Edward Dyer
I mean to tell her she's too good, by far, for such as me,
An' how with lonely forest life she never may agree.
I mean to tell her lots of things, an' be reel straight an' fine;
And, after she's considered that, I'll ask her to be mine.
"Grey Thrush" by C J Dennis
"Yeh mean to say I 'ave n't got the right
To know wot's goin' on in my own 'ouse?
Yeh mean to say -- "There, Bill," she sez, "keep quite.
Why should you rouse?
You told me nothin'. Parson wrote to me;
An' we fixed things without yer 'elp," sez she.
"The Also-Ran" by C J Dennis

In news:

With Congress ready to get out of town, it's time for "Legislative Cats & Dogs" - which means just about anything can hit the floor before lawmakers leave for the elections.
New facility means relocation of high-paying jobs to Maryland.
Equipped only with her own charisma and wicked tongue, an adolescent girl at the height of her powers is more dangerous than "Page Six," more undercutting than Gawker, and twice as mean as Drudge.
Brooks pitches the ASR as a hybrid, meaning its robust tread can tackle rocky, stump-filled trails while its midsole provides enough flex and feel for the road.
Fall is in the air, which means it's time to start prepping your lawn for the rainy season.
Conveying an innocent meaning to an outsider but a hidden meaning to a member of a conspiracy or underground movement.
Carrots have twice as much vitamin A today as they did years ago, which means they are doubly good for you, the Agriculture Department says.
Italian food is a must have for many and it doesn't always have to mean pasta.
That means it's illegal to burn wood, manufactured logs and pellets.
I had trouble understanding what that means so I got some data from the Texas Water Development Board.
Share content that means something to you, with the people that mean something to you.
"it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.".
You and I may wonder just what "Elantra" means, but to Hyundai it means sales.
The country's top Mexican chain restaurants have all seen fit to call Washington home—and while that means more options for cilantro-laden goodness, it also means more opportunities to make poor meal choices.
But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism .

In science:

The meaning of q1 ⇌ q2 is that there is an R possible at the triple with (q1 , q2 ) ∈ R; similarly q ↑ means there is an R possible at the triple with no q ′ such that (q , q ′ ) ∈ R; and ↑ q means there is an R possible at the triple with no q ′ such that (q ′ , q) ∈ R.
Subtyping for F-Bounded Quantifiers and Equirecursive Types (Extended Version)
Ando et al derive a geometric mean satisfying all of these properties, but the resulting mean in no way resembles the means of matrices discussed in this paper.
Beneath the valley of the noncommutative arithmetic-geometric mean inequality: conjectures, case-studies, and consequences
Kurtosis ( k ): Kurtosis shows whether the data set have sharpness or flatness near its mean. Positive kurtosis mean sharpness or the data sets peak near the mean and negative kurtosis mean that the data sets are flat.
Estimation, Analysis and Smoothing of Self-Similar Network Induced Delays in Feedback Control of Nuclear Reactors
Since the second order asymptotic approximations have a different form depending on whether the mean is defined or not, we consider two separate regimes: a > 1, where the mean of the Pareto distribution is finite, and a ≤ 1, where the mean diverges.
Percentiles of sums of heavy-tailed random variables: Beyond the single-loss approximation
Notation and construction We use O(·) notation: X = O(Y ) means X ≤ C Y for some constant 0 < C < +∞, X = Ω(Y ) means Y = O(X ), and X = Θ(Y ) means X = O(Y ) and Y = O(X ).
Sets which are not tube null and intersection properties of random measures
We write [s] to mean the γ class of s, [e]L to mean the L -class of the idempotent e in the band of idempotents, and [e]R to mean the R -class of the idempotent e in the band of idempotents.
The structure of generalized inverse semigroups
The theory gives the meaning of the word ‘reality’, and once we understand it, many old questions become simply meaningless, that is, to ask them means that you do not understand the meaning of the questions itself.
On the Nature of Reality
The value µ (e2 ) is known as the mean squared error (MSE), µ (e) is known as the mean error (or error bias), µ (|e|) is known as the mean absolute error (MAE) and µ (e)2 as the error variance.
A graphical analysis of cost-sensitive regression problems
In this case the target mean activity, µ, of the intrinsic adaption rules (7) is consistent with the mean activity α of the stored patterns ξ p , viz with the mean activity level of the attractor relicts.
Generating functionals for autonomous latching dynamics in attractor relict networks
Here hyperbolic means that S has signature (l − 1, 1); primitive means that S/k is not integral for any integral k > 1; reflective means that [O(S ) : W (S )] < ∞.
A lecture on Kac--Moody Lie algebras of the arithmetic type
Since the mean and the most probable values of a lognormal distribution are di(cid:11)erent, this means that the most probable value of x given the constraint y, does not equal hxjyi, the mean value of x given y.
Constrained realizations and minimum variance reconstruction of non-Gaussian random fields
The centerline stress for 20 < y < 50 was extracted, and the average computed; this average should be the asymptotic value of the stress. A normalized deviation from the mean was found by subtracting the mean from the sample value, and dividing by the mean.
Forces on Bins - The Effect of Random Friction
The instant state of particle possesses no physical meaning, since we can not access it through physical measurement, while the infinitesimal interval state of particle possesses real physical meaning, since we can measure it by means of the following infinite process:∆t → dt. (4).
From quantum motion to classical motion - seeking the lost reality
The upper vertical solid and dashed lines show the mean and weighted mean for Seyfert 1s, respectively, and the lower solid line corresponds to both means for Seyfert 2s.
Observations of Seyferts by OSSE and parameters of their X-ray/gamma-ray sources
In the weak lensing regime the game is different: we measure the mean ellipticity and/or the mean number density of faint galaxies, and we want to relate these statistics to the mean surface mass density κ of the cluster.
Gravitational Lensing and Cluster of Galaxies