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mean or median?

What's the difference between mean and median?

mean (mēn) v., meant (mĕnt), mean·ing, means.

[transitive verb]
1. To be used to convey; denote: “‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things’” (Lewis Carroll).
2. To act as a symbol of; signify or represent: In this poem, the budding flower means youth.
3. To intend to convey or indicate: “No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous” (Henry Adams).
4. To have as a purpose or an intention; intend: I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept.
5. To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end: a building that was meant for storage; a student who was meant to be a scientist.
6. To have as a consequence; bring about: Friction means heat.
7. To have the importance or value of: The opinions of the critics meant nothing to him. She meant so much to me.v.intr.

[intransitive verb]
To have intentions of a specified kind; be disp…