*DIMENSIONS: EVALUATION / Perspective*

Widespread . . . . Median, Average, Standard . . . . Model, Authority, Binding Principle, Guide, Control, Regulation . . . . Typical [as of pattern or traits] . . . . The Rule, Partition, Scalar . . . . According with, Conforming, Occuring Naturally, Sane . . . . Approximates the distribution of variables as proportionate to a given standard or rule . . . .

R E F E R E N C E S

**Normal** adj [L normalis, fr. norma] [ca. 1696] 1: Perpendicular; esp: perpendicular to a tangent at a point of tangency 2a: according with, constituting, or not deviatng from a norm, rule, or principle b: conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern 3: occuring naturally [__ immunity] 4a: of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development b: free from mental disorder: sane 5a of a solution: having a concentration of one gram equivalent of solute per liter b: containing neither basic hydroxyl nor acid hydrogen [__silver phosphate] c: not associated [__molecules] d: having a straight -chain structure [__pentane] [__butyl alcohol] 6 of a subgroup: having the property that every coset produced by operating on the left by a given element is equal to the coset produced by operating on the right by the same element 7: relating to, involving, or being a normal curve or normal distribution [__approximation to the binomial distribution] 8 of a matrix: having the property of commutativity under multiplication by the transpose of the matrix each of whose elements is a conjugate complex number with respect to the corresponding element of the given matrix
**-syn**. see regular -normality n -normally adv

2 **Normal** n [ca 1738] a1: a normal line b: the portion of a normal line to a plane curve between the curve and the x-axis 2: one that is normal 3: a form or state regarded as the norm: Standard

**Normal curve** n [1894]: the symmetrical bell-shaped curve of a normal distribution

**Normal distribution** n [1897] : the state or fact of being normal approximates the distribution of many random variables [as the proportion of outcomes of a particular sort in a large number of independent repetitions of an experiment in which the probabilities remain constant from trial to trial] . . . .

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