# Aggregate vs. Average

By Jaxson

• Average

In colloquial language, an average is a single number taken as representative of a list of numbers. Different concepts of average are used in different contexts. Often “average” refers to the arithmetic mean, the sum of the numbers divided by how many numbers are being averaged. In statistics, mean, median, and mode are all known as measures of central tendency, and in colloquial usage any of these might be called an average value.

Wikipedia
• Aggregate (noun)

A mass, assemblage, or sum of particulars; something consisting of elements but considered as a whole.

• Aggregate (noun)

A mass formed by the union of homogeneous particles; – in distinction from a compound, formed by the union of heterogeneous particles.

• Aggregate (noun)

A set collection of objects.

• Aggregate (noun)

The full chromatic scale of twelve equal tempered pitches.

• Aggregate (noun)

The total score in a set of games between teams or competitors, usually the combination of the home and away scores

• Aggregate (noun)

Crushed stone, crushed slag or water-worn gravel used for surfacing a built-up roof system.

• Aggregate (noun)

Solid particles of low aspect ratio added to a composite material, as distinguished from the matrix and any fibers or reinforcements, especially the gravel and sand added to concrete.

• Aggregate (noun)

Any of the five attributes that constitute the sentient being.

Formed by a collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; collective; combined; added up.

Consisting or formed of smaller objects or parts.

Formed into clusters or groups of lobules.

“aggregate glands”

Composed of several florets within a common involucre, as in the daisy; or of several carpels formed from one flower, as in the raspberry.

Having the several component parts adherent to each other only to such a degree as to be separable by mechanical means.

United into a common organized mass; said of certain compound animals.

• Aggregate (verb)

To bring together; to collect into a mass or sum.

“The aggregated soil.”

• Aggregate (verb)

To add or unite (e.g. a person), to an association.

• Aggregate (verb)

To amount in the aggregate to.

“There are ten loads, aggregating five hundred bushels.”

• Average (noun)

The arithmetic mean.

“The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.”

• Average (noun)

Any measure of central tendency, especially any mean, the median, or the mode. from c. 1735

• Average (noun)

Financial loss due to damage to transported goods; compensation for damage or loss. from 15th c.

• Average (noun)

Customs duty or similar charge payable on transported goods.

• Average (noun)

Proportional or equitable distribution of financial expense.

• Average (noun)

An scoring record, etc.

“batting average”

• Average (noun)

In the corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets.

• Average (noun)

The service that a tenant owed his lord, to be done by the animals of the tenant, such as the transportation of wheat, turf, etc.

Constituting or relating to the average.

“The average age of the participants was 18.5.”

Neither very good nor very bad; rated somewhere in the middle of all others in the same category.

“I soon found I was only an average chess player.”

Typical.

“The average family will not need the more expensive features of this product.”

Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor.

• Average (verb)

To compute the average of, especially the arithmetic mean.

“If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.”

• Average (verb)

Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.

“The daily high temperature last month averaged 15°C.”

“I averaged 75% in my examinations this year.”

• Average (verb)

To divide among a number, according to a given proportion.

“to average a loss”

• Average (verb)

To be, generally or on average.

Wiktionary
• Aggregate (noun)

a whole formed by combining several separate elements

“the council was an aggregate of three regional assemblies”

• Aggregate (noun)

the total score of a player or team in a fixture comprising more than one game or round

“the result put the sides level on aggregate”

“he set the pace with a one-over-par aggregate of 151”

• Aggregate (noun)

a material or structure formed from a mass of fragments or particles loosely compacted together

“the specimen is an aggregate of rock and mineral fragments”

• Aggregate (noun)

pieces of broken or crushed stone or gravel used to make concrete and in building

“use aggregate for the first layer when filling the trench”

formed or calculated by the combination of several separate elements; total

“the aggregate amount of grants made”

(of a group of species) comprising several very similar species formerly regarded as a single species.

denoting the total supply or demand for goods and services in an economy at a particular time.

• Aggregate (verb)

form or group into a class or cluster

“socio-occupational groups aggregate men sharing similar kinds of occupation”

“the butterflies aggregate in dense groups”

• Aggregate (verb)

collect (related items of content) so as to display or link to them

“tools that aggregate data from all of the security devices are a good first step”

• Average (noun)

a number expressing the central or typical value in a set of data, in particular the mode, median, or (most commonly) the mean, which is calculated by dividing the sum of the values in the set by their number

“the proportion of over-60s is above the EU average of 19 per cent”

• Average (noun)

an amount, standard, level, or rate regarded as usual or ordinary

“underground water reserves are below average”

“they take about thirty minutes on average”

• Average (noun)

the apportionment of financial liability resulting from loss of or damage to a ship or its cargo.

• Average (noun)

reduction in the amount payable under an insurance policy, e.g. in respect of partial loss.

constituting the result obtained by adding together several amounts and then dividing this total by the number of amounts

“the average temperature in May was 4°C below normal”

of the usual or ordinary amount, standard, level, or rate

“a woman of average height”

having qualities that are seen as typical of a particular person, group, or thing

“the average lad likes a good night out”

mediocre; not very good

“a very average director making very average movies”

• Average (verb)

amount to or achieve as an average rate or amount over a period of time; mean

“annual inflation averaged 2.4 per cent”

• Average (verb)

calculate or estimate the average of

“they earned only £35 weekly when their seasonal earnings were averaged out”

• Average (verb)

result in an even distribution; even out

“it is reasonable to hope that the results will average out”

• Average (verb)

result in an average figure of

“the cost should average out at about £6 per page”

Oxford Dictionary