normal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj normal 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"
    • adj normal 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"
    • adj normal in accordance with scientific laws
    • adj normal forming a right angle
    • n normal 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs.
    • Normal (Geom) A straight line or plane drawn from any point of a curve or surface so as to be perpendicular to the curve or surface at that point.
    • Normal (Geom) According to a square or rule; perpendicular; forming a right angle; as, a line normal to the base. Specifically: Of or pertaining to a normal.
    • Normal According to an established norm, rule, or principle; conformed to a type, standard, or regular form; performing the proper functions; not abnormal; regular; natural; analogical. "Deviations from the normal type."
    • Normal (Geom) Any perpendicular.
    • Normal (Chem) Denoting a solution of such strength that every cubic centimeter contains the same number of milligrams of the element in question as the number of its molecular weight.
    • Normal (Chem) Denoting certain hypothetical compounds, as acids from which the real acids are obtained by dehydration; thus, normal sulphuric acid and normal nitric acid are respectively S(OH)6, and N(OH)5.
    • Normal (Chem) Denoting that series of hydrocarbons in which no carbon atom is bound to more than two other carbon atoms; as, normal pentane, hexane, etc. Cf. Iso-.
    • Normal Standard; original; exact; typical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Two normal kidneys contain 2 million tiny blood filters which filter 50 gallons of blood every day!.
    • normal According to a rule, principle, or norm; conforming to established law, order, habit, or usage; conforming with a certain type or standard; not abnormal; regular; natural.
    • normal Serving to fix a standard; intended to set the standard: as, a normal school (see below).
    • normal In music, standard or typical: as, normal pitch or tone, a pitch or tone of absolute acoustical value, which is used as a standard of comparison. See key, 7, and natural key (under key).
    • normal In geometry, perpendicular: noting the position of a straight line drawn at right angles to the tangent-line of a curve, or to the tangent-plane of a surface, at the point of contact. The section of a surface by a plane containing a normal drawn from any point is called the normal section at that point.
    • normal Synonyms Regular, Ordinary, Normal. That which is regular conforms to rule or habit, and is opposed to that which is irregular, fitful, or exceptional. That which is ordinary is of the usual sort and excites no surprise; it is opposed to the uncommon or the extraordinary. That which is normal conforms or may be figuratively viewed as conforming to nature or the principles of its own constitution: as, the normal action of the heart; the normal operation of social influences; the normal state of the market.
    • n normal In geometry, a perpendicular; the straight line drawn from any point in a curve in its plane at right angles to the tangent at that point; or the straight line drawn from any point in a surface at right angles to the tangent-plane at that point. See cut under binomial.
    • normal In chem.:
    • normal Of a salt, having all the readily replaceable or basic hydrogen of the corresponding acid replaced by one or more metals or strongly electropositive radicals: distinguished from an acid salt in which this replacement is only partial.
    • normal Of a solution for use in volumetric analysis, containing of the dissolved chemical substance the reactive equivalent of 1 gram of hydrogen in 1 liter of the solution at 16° C. See normal solution.
    • n normal The rule; the standard.
    • n normal In biology, a species or race considered as a fixed standard which individual organisms may approach by heredity and from which they may recede by variation. The conception of a normal is statistical rather than biological, for there is no evidence that an exceptional specimen of a species differs, as such, from an average specimen in any essential or qualitative way. The notion of a species as a fixed standard belongs to the pre-Darwinian period in the history of biology.
    • n normal In meteorology, the average of a large number of observed values of any given meteorological element, for example, mean temperature, pressure, or rainfall for any hour of the day, or day of the year. The number of observations must be so large that a second group of the same number would give the same average or normal. The normals for the hours of local mean solar time may be corrected or adjusted so as to become normals for the hours of any other standard of time.
    • n normal In compar. psychol., an untrained or uninjured animal whose behavior is made the standard of reference for the interpretation of the conduct of other, trained or operated animals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone.
    • adj Normal according to rule: regular: exact: perpendicular
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Quotations

  • Edwin Way Teale
    Edwin Way Teale
    “Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals, love them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.”
  • Joe Ancis
    Joe Ancis
    “The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well.”
  • Al Oerter
    Al Oerter
    “As long as I can concentrate and remain somewhat calm, I can normally do very well.”
  • Kevin Nealon
    Kevin Nealon
    “A new poll showed that if the election was held today, people would be confused because it is normally held in November.”
  • Norman O. Brown
    Norman O. Brown
    “Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. normalis, fr. norma, rule, pattern, carpenter's square; prob. akin to noscere, to know; cf. Gr. gnw`rimos well known, gnw`mwn gnomon, also, carpenter's square: cf. F. normal,. See Known, and cf. Abnormal Enormous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. norma, a rule.

Usage

In literature:

Your heart beats normally and the circulation of the blood takes place as it should.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
But a quarantine is normally an emergency measure.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
There seemed a normal atmosphere.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Charging such a battery at its normal rate is all that is necessary to bring it back to its normal, healthy condition.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Frank pulled this lever over to the full "Down" position and they found that they could walk over the disc with normal gravity.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
The motor warmed up to normal, and stayed there.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
There are two co-educational Normal Schools at Florence and Troy.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The normal man is instinctively more polygynous than the normal woman is polyandrous.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
More often they are of normal rapidity.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
All normal, save Polter and Babs.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The normal temperature of cattle varies from 100 deg.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
I suppose that's one of the little things that annoys Normals so much.
"Modus Vivendi" by Gordon Randall Garrett
No normal person worries about anyone asking casual questions.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It's a part of a normal environment, but it doesn't normally produce paras.
"The Hate Disease" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The Philippine Normal School.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
The marriage was with a normal male whose parentage is unknown but evidently normal.
"The Social Direction of Evolution" by William E. Kellicott
Radiation normal, somewhat less than earth's normal, in fact.
"The Star Lord" by Boyd Ellanby
Work carried beyond the point of normal fatigue requires a proportionately longer time for recovery.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
The three departments arranged were Primary, Intermediate, and Normal, with provision for a Normal Training Class.
"Seven Graded Sunday Schools" by Various
Would you let top priority cargo slip through to normal and get lost off the hyperlane?
"Spillthrough" by Daniel F. Galouye
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In poetry:

Your girl was always real to me.
Her bones lie in a city by the sea.
Everything occurs too normally.
A unique love simply wears away.
"Lake" by Czeslaw Milosz

In news:

The regattas and races were well attended and enthusiasm was as good as or better than normal according to the organizers.
No more 'bubble boy': Gene therapy gives kids normal lives.
Walkers taking their normal early morning stroll through Buhl Park on Friday said their trek over the bridge by the casino hasn't been the same since Lake Julia was drained.
Since the early 1960s, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have specialized in theatricalized versions of dances normally performed at birth celebrations, funerals, and tributes to kings.
By no means was my upbringing normal.
In a normal pregnancy, the baby is positioned head down in the uterus.
Jimmy Carter brokered the Camp David Accords that normalized Egyptian-Israeli relations.
Dionne reports today on growing opposition to CAFTA from the normally trade-friendly centrist Democrats.
There are numerous densities that are relatively normal findings on an AP lumbar film.
Tiger's 'not normal' sex play.
Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves , ahead of normal fall- calving season.
During bad economic times people normally cut back on their spending for the arts.
A normally tranquil south Yuba City neighborhood was reeling Friday after investigators confirmed a 68-year-old woman had been killed, and the victim's pregnant daughter-in-law was behind bars.
Andrew Rannells as Bryan, left, Justin Bartha as David, and Georgia King as Goldie in "The New Normal.".
"Matt is a great friend who, despite his illness, tries to do as many normal things possible," says Kisner.
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In science:

Here ua is the normal to the spacelike hypersurface Σ (where ta = −N ua + Va ) and na is the vector in Σ that is normal to the two sphere at infinity.
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
While the relative amplitudes of the wavefunction are thus understood directly, we are interested in the properties of the normalized zero-energy wavefunction Ψ, that is, we also need to understand normalization of the eigenvector ψ .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
This walk is a sequence of vertices on T ′ (resp. T ′′ ), and the “label and substitute algorithm” applied to this sequence leads to a normalized 2k ′ -plet W ′ (resp. to a normalized 2k ′′ -plet W ′′ ).
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
We will show that the second term in the logarithm properly normalized will converge to a normal random variable.
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
If X is normal and I defines a reduced subscheme of X , then its blowup is normal also.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Since the RHP (1.2) is not normalized at ∞, we algebraically transform it to a normalized problem.
Riemann-Hilbert problems for last passage percolation
For a log-normal distribution, the spectral function is simply parabolic, and the deviation from the parabola measures the distance from the log-normal probability distribution.
Quenched bond dilution in two-dimensional Potts models
Alternatively, it can be shown directly that any normal Hopf subalgebra of a Hopf algebra is a normal subring.
Clifford correspondence for algebras
Multiplying the result with the normalization for the gauge vector derived from Polarization::Massless Norm() and the overall normalization gives the amplitude squared.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Therefore, the normalized action has generalized BRST symmetry, which means that the normalized theory has the structure of gauge theory.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
We denote by uµ the timelike future directed normal to Σt and by nµ the outward pointing spacelike normal to Bt in Σt .
The First Law of Isolated Horizons via Noether Theorem
If g ∈ N then g normalizes the subgroup generated by T ϑ hence it also normalizes the identity component T of that subgroup.
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
Second, since the distribution Ps is not normalized to 1, we have to perform the normalization ourselves.
Random graphs as models of networks
Under the law bQβ T , the distribution of the scaled and normalized endpoint (|BT | − b∗β converges weakly to the standard normal distribution.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
Figure 4.10 shows the radial dependence of the normalized energy density of the field versus the normalized radial distance.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
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