normal Idioms & Phrases
noun a symmetrical curve representing the normal distribution
bell-shaped curve; Gaussian shape; Gaussian curve.
noun a theoretical distribution with finite mean and variance
noun an achondroplastic dwarf whose small size is the result of a genetic defect; body parts and mental and sexual development are normal
hypoplastic dwarf; true dwarf; primordial dwarf.
(Method of Least Squares), a set of equations of the first degree equal in number to the number of unknown quantities, and derived from the observations by a specified process. The solution of the normal equations gives the most probable values of the unknown quantities.
noun an inclined fault in which the hanging wall appears to have slipped downward relative to the footwall
gravity fault; common fault.
(Geol.), a group of rocks taken as a standard. Lyell.
- (of a planet or comet)
(Astron.), the apparent place in the heavens of a planet or comet at a specified time, the place having been determined by a considerable number of observations, extending perhaps over many days, and so combined that the accidental errors of observation have largely balanced each other.
noun a two-year school for training elementary teachers
- a school whose methods of instruction are to serve as a model for imitation; an institution for the training of teachers.
normal tension glaucoma
noun glaucoma that results from damage to the optic nerve although the intraocular pressure is normal