from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make normal, especially to cause to conform to a standard or norm: normalize a patient's temperature; normalizing relations with a former enemy nation.
  • transitive v. To make (a text or language) regular and consistent, especially with respect to spelling or style.
  • transitive v. To remove strains and reduce coarse crystalline structures in (metal), especially by heating and cooling.
  • intransitive v. To become or return to normal: waiting for diplomatic relations to normalize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make normal, to make standard.
  • v. To format in a standardized manner, to make consistent.
  • v. (statistics) To reduce to variations by excluding irrelevant aspects.
  • v. To return a set of points (switches) to the normal position.
  • v. To return to the normal position from the reverse position.
  • v. (computing, database) To subject to normalization; to eliminate redundancy in (a model for storing data).
  • v. (mathematics) To divide a vector by its magnitude to produce a unit vector.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To make normal.
  • v. To make standard; determine the value by comparison to an item of known standard value.
  • v. To convert to a standard form or measure; adjust the value or values so as to conform to a standard measure or pattern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render normal; reduce to a standard; cause to conform to a standard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become normal or return to its normal state
  • v. make normal or cause to conform to a norm or standard
  • v. bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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