Definition of MEANS

noun : MEANS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success" ;

  • 2. (

    ) an instrumentality for accomplishing some end ;

verb : MEANS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?" ;

  • 2. (

    ) have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers" ;

  • 4. (

    ) have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night" ;

  • 5. (

    ) have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything" ;

  • 6. (

    ) intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!" ;

  • 7. (

    ) destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you" ;

Adjective : MEANS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall" ;

  • 2. (

    ) characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood" ;

  • 3. (

    ) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics" ;

  • 4. (

    ) excellent; "famous for a mean backhand" ;

  • 5. (

    ) marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut" ;

  • 6. (

    ) (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip" ;

  • 7. (

    ) (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt ;


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