Word of the Day: Mean

mean / mēn   verb  
  1. to intend
Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them. English Proverb  
  1. to destine to a specific future or purpose
If you don’t receive love from the ones who are meant to love you, you will never stop looking for it. From ‘The End of the World as We Know it: Scenes from a Life’ by Robert Goolrick, 1948-  
  1. to signify or indicate
If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends. Enoch Powell, 1912-1998  
  1. to have importance to a high degree
To say that a person feels listened to means a lot more than just their ideas get heard. Deborah Tannen, 1945-  
  1. to direct towards someone
How can we know for certain, that trapped inside a foreign language and thumping in a foreign heart there isn’t a love that is meant for us[?] Daniel Kitson, 1977-   adjective sense 1  
  1. unkind
My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you’ve been mean to someone, they won’t believe the nice anymore. Laurell K. Hamilton, 1963-  
  1. humble
But there is nothing mean or lowly in standing in the valley below and awaiting the sun to rise over Kinchinjunga. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, 1910-1995  
  1. worthy of little regard; having inferior status
If the master gets drunk it is an honorable drunkenness; if the servant does it is evidence of his mean disposition. Tibetan Proverb  
  1. excellent
But I ain’t seen nothin’ like him In any amusement hall That deaf, dumb, and blind kid Sure plays a mean pinball. From ‘Pinball Wizard’ by The Who   adjective sense 2  
  1. in the intermediary position; in between extremes
I consider the concept of a global mean temperature to be somewhat dubious. Craig F. Bohren, 1940-   noun  
  1. a midpoint between extremes
Simplicity is the mean between ostentation and rusticity. Alexander Pope, 1688-1744  
  1. plural, something useful to achieving a desired outcome
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means. Georges Bernanos, 1888-1948  
  1. plural, disposable resources
When I was young I had no means or time, and now I have the means and time, I have no youth. Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954