from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To follow a winding and turning course: Streams tend to meander through level land.
- intransitive v. To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction: vagabonds meandering through life. See Synonyms at wander.
- n. Circuitous windings or sinuosities, as of a stream or path.
- n. A circuitous journey or excursion; ramble. Often used in the plural.
- n. An ornamental pattern of winding or intertwining lines, used in art and architecture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of an old river.
- n. A tortuous or intricate movement.
- n. Fretwork.
- n. A self-avoiding closed curve which intersects a line a number of times.
- v. To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous; to wander
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A winding, crooked, or involved course.
- n. A tortuous or intricate movement.
- n. Fretwork. See Fret.
- intransitive v. To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.
- transitive v. To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wind, turn, or flow round.
- To form into meanders; cause to twist about.
- To proceed by winding and turning; make frequent changes of course; move or flow intricately: as, a meandering river; to meander from point to point in a walk.
- To make a rough survey of a country by going over it, measuring the bearings, distances, and changes of elevation of the path pursued, and noting the positions of neighboring topographical features.
- n. A winding course; a winding or turning in a passage; a maze; a labyrinth.
- n. An ornament composed of lines, neither representing nor suggesting any definite object, forming right or oblique angles with one another, or even curved with interlacings, etc. The name is used especially for the fret- or key-ornament.
- n. A path on which the directions, distances, and elevations are noted, as a part of a survey of a country.
- n. In physical geography, a self-developed river-curve suitable to the volume of the stream.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
- n. an aimless amble on a winding course
- n. a bend or curve, as in a stream or river
Near the west coast of Asia Minor, a river named Meander, the river from which the word meander is coined, spills into a dismal swampy plain in the country that today is Turkey.
The river was notable for its wandering course hence our modern term meander and in time it would silt up the entire bay between Priene and Miletus.
The word meander derives via Greek from the name of this river in the antiquity, Maiandros.
Though it did mean that I did a couple of placemats - I made up 8 or so of these from scrap pairs which I've been using as enders and leaders - I thought I'd practice some of the 72 ways not to stipple or meander from the new Dijanne Cevaal book I got - the placemat on left is actually from the other day and has a leaf type meander, the one on the right has a "paisley" design - wavy lines, with straight lines and dots down the middle.
Instead, the Grand Canyon has a winding course called an entrenched meander from the Latin maendere, “to wander”.
The lower property boundary was described as the meander line, or upper portion, of the original lake.
You applied the wrong definition of the word "meander".
Occasionally, he will ask them to kind of meander over to where the crowd is and fire into the air.
The storm is expected to weaken and kind of meander quite a bit.
A comment I got the other day slammed me for being confusing with my flashbacks--yep, I admit, I meander one of my favorite streets in my hometown was Meander Lane, though it was many years later when I learned what "meander" meant.
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