normal

[ nawr-muh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF normal

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NORMAL

Our supreme task is the resumption of our onward, normal way.

I don't believe there is a healthy, normal man living who has not his dream.

And this energy is utilized at one-half the normal engine speed.

Egyptian history is too troublesome, anyhow, for a normal man to grasp.

Slowly the light in the schooner descended to its normal position.

For each there exists a normal rate of travel, beyond which are penalties.

This was his Earth, his and Grim's and Wat's, and of millions of other normal human beings.

It is inaccurate, for instance, to use 63¢ as the basis for the normal differential.

Somehow the presence of the beast restored Kay's mind to normal.

Poe, and the imitators of Poe, have been regarded too often by our people as the normal type of poet.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, "typical, common;" 1640s, "standing at a right angle," from Late Latin normalis "in conformity with rule, normal," from Latin normalis "made according to a carpenter's square," from norma "rule, pattern," literally "carpenter's square" (see norm). Meaning "conforming to common standards, usual" is from 1828, but probably older than the record [Barnhart].

As a noun meaning "usual state or condition," from 1890. Sense of "normal person or thing" is from 1894. Normal school (1834) is from French école normale (1794), a republican foundation. The city of Normal, Illinois, U.S., was named 1857 for the normal school established there.

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