a standard, model, or pattern.
general level or average:
Two cars per family is the norm in most suburban communities.
an average level of achievement or performance, as of a group or person
a standard of achievement or behaviour that is required, desired, or designated as normal
(sociol) an established standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group to which each member is expected to conform
(geology) the theoretical standard mineral composition of an igneous rock
a stereotype of the unathletic Australian male
“standard, pattern, model,” 1821, from French norme, from Latin norma “carpenter’s square, rule, pattern,” of unknown origin. Klein suggests a borrowing (via Etruscan) of Greek gnomon “carpenter’s square.” The Latin form of the word, norma, was used in English in the sense of “carpenter’s square” from 1670s.
1. a combining form with the meaning “normal, close to the norm,” used in the formation of compound words: normocyte. normo- pref. Normal: normochromia.
normoblast nor·mo·blast (nôr’mə-blāst’) n. A nucleated red blood cell, the immediate precursor of a normal red blood cell in humans.
normocapnia nor·mo·cap·ni·a (nôr’mə-kāp’nē-ə) n. A state of normal arterial carbon dioxide pressure.
[nawr-dof, -dawf] /ˈnɔr dɒf, -dɔf/ noun 1. Charles Bernard, 1887–1947, U.S. novelist.