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Dictionary Definition



1 a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical; "the current middle-class norm of two children per family"
2 a statistic describing the location of a distribution; "it set the norm for American homes" [syn: average]

User Contributed Dictionary

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  • (UK): /nɔːm/, /nO:m/
  • (US): , /nɔrm/, /nOrm/
    Rhymes: -ɔː(r)m

Etymology 1


  1. (the norm) That which is regarded as normal or typical.
    Unemployment is the norm in this part of the country.
  2. A rule that is enforced by members of a community
  3. A sentence with non-descriptive meaning, such as command, permission, and prohibition.
  4. A mode or average
  5. A function, denoted |v| or ||v||, that maps vectors to non-negative scalars and has the following properties:
    1. |v| > 0 or |v| = 0 iff v = 0;
    2. given a scalar k, |kv| = |k|.|v|, where |k| is the absolute value of k;
    3. given two vectors v and w, |v + w| ≤ |v| + |w| (the triangle inequality).
Derived terms
Related terms
that which is normal
  • Danish: norm
  • Hungarian: norma
  • Italian: norma
  • Norwegian: norm
  • Swedish: norm
in analysis
  • Danish: norm
  • Hungarian: norma
  • Italian: norma
  • Swedish: norm
rule that is enforced by members of a community
  • Czech: norma
  • Italian: norma

Etymology 2

back-form normed


  1. To endow (a vector space, etc) with a norm.
Derived terms



  1. norm (that which is normal)

Derived terms




  1. norm (that which is normal)
  2. norm (in analysis)

Extensive Definition

Norm may refer to:
In mathematics:
Norm may also refer to:
Norms may refer to:

See also

norm in Czech: Norma
norm in Danish: Norm
norm in German: Norm
norm in Spanish: Norma
norm in Italian: Norma
norm in Portuguese: Norma
norm in Russian: Норма
norm in Finnish: Normi
norm in Swedish: Norm

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Procrustean law, Ten Commandments, Weltanschauung, Zeitgeist, average, axiology, balance, barometer, behavioral norm, benchmark, business ethics, canon, center, check, climate, climate of opinion, code, code of ethics, code of morals, commandment, convention, criterion, decalogue, degree, dictum, ethic, ethical system, ethics, ethos, form, formality, formula, formulary, gauge, general principle, generality, golden mean, golden rule, graduated scale, guideline, guiding principle, happy medium, ideology, imperative, intellectual climate, juste-milieu, law, law of nature, legal ethics, maxim, mean, measure, median, medical ethics, mediocrity, medium, middle, middle course, middle ground, middle point, middle position, middle state, middle-of-the-road, midpoint, mitzvah, model, moral, moral climate, moral code, moral principles, morals, mores, new morality, norma, normal, normative system, norms, order of nature, ordinance, par, parameter, pattern, prescribed form, prescription, principium, principle, principles, professional ethics, quantity, reading, readout, regulation, rubric, rule, run, scale, set form, settled principle, social ethics, spiritual climate, standard, standards, standing order, tenet, test, touchstone, type, universal law, usual, value, value system, via media, working principle, working rule, world view, yardstick
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