American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process or an instance of coming together; an encounter.
- n. An assembly or gathering of people, as for a business, social, or religious purpose.
- idiom. meeting of the minds Agreement; concord.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coming together; an interview: as, a happy meeting of friends.
- n. An assembly; a congregation; a collection of people; a convention: as, a social, religious, or political meeting; the meeting adjourned till the next day: applied in the United States, especially in rural districts, to any assemblage for religious worship, and in England and Ireland to one of dissenters from the established church; specifically, an assembly of Friends for religious purposes: as, to go to meeting.
- n. A conflux, as of rivers; a confluence; a joining, as of lines; junction; union.
- n. A hostile encounter; a duel.
- n. plural In mining, the point in a mine-shaft where the ascending and descending cages meet. When the coal was raised in creels or corves the shaft was bulged at the meetings.
- v. present participle of meet.
- n. A gathering of people/parties for a purpose.
- n. The people at such a gathering, as a collective.
- n. An encounter between people, even accidental.
- n. A place or instance of junction or intersection.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A coming together; an assembling.
- n. A junction, crossing, or union.
- n. A congregation; a collection of people; a convention
- n. An assembly for worship; ; -- in England, applied distinctively and disparagingly to the worshiping assemblies of Dissenters.
- n. a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
- n. a casual or unexpected convergence
- n. a formally arranged gathering
- n. the social act of assembling for some common purpose
- n. the act of joining together as one
- n. a small informal social gathering
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“We look forward to the next Senior Officials meeting to be held next year in Cartagena, Colombia and the Ministerial meeting� in the Philippines in 2003.”
“The next meeting, in this case, would be an adjourned meeting of the same session.”
“This offer I cheerfully accepted, and I thought no more of the business till I saw it publicly announced that a meeting would be held on Portsdown-Hill, on the 10th day of February, _the very day that was fixed for holding the third Spafields meeting_; and that was done without consulting or saying”
“So that the meeting of proletarian and bourgeois, when they do succeed in meeting, is not always the embrace of long-lost brothers; too often it is the clash of alien cultures which can only meet in war.”
“But at the Sept. 8 session, supercommittee members decided the term "meeting" would apply only to a gathering for the actual transaction of business, such as a vote.”
“The use of the term "meeting" in these rules has the same traditional meaning and does not include less formal caucuses or working sessions.”
“To make an issue out of the brand of beer to be served at this meeting is absolutley absurd.”
“For months officials have been warning almost all the pastors invited not to attend, telling them the meeting is anti-China.”
“This meeting is about one thing and one thing only, Killing Terrorists.”
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