American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being nothing more than what is specified: a mere child; a mere 50 cents an hour.
- adj. Considered apart from anything else: shocked by the mere idea.
- adj. Small; slight: could detect only the merest whisper.
- adj. Obsolete Pure; unadulterated.
- n. A small lake, pond, or marsh: "Sometimes on lonely mountain meres/I find a magic bark” ( Tennyson).
- n. Archaic A boundary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pool; a small lake. or pond.
- n. A boundary; boundary-line.
- n. A balk or furrow serving as a boundary- or dividing-line in a common field; also, a boundary-stone; a merestone.
- n. A private carriage-road.
- n. A measure of 29 or 31 yards in the Peak of Derbyshire in England. It is defined by Blount as “29 yards in the low Peak of Derbyshire and 31 in the high.” Mining claims were measured by meres, the discoverer of a lode being allowed to claim two mcres.
- To limit; bound; divide or cause division in.
- To set divisions and bounds.
- Pure; sheer; unmixed.
- Absolute; unqualified; utter; whole; in the fullest sense.
- Sheer; simple; nothing but (the thing mentioned); only: as, it is mere folly to do so; this is the merest trash.
- Absolutely; wholly.
- n. A Middle English form of mare.
- n. In the reticulum or supporting skeleton of the extinct silicious sponges of the family Dictyospongidæ, one of the divisions or meshes produced by the intersection of the primary vertical and horizontal spicular bundles. It is subdivided by the spicules of. subordinate rank into lesser areas or quadrangles—dimeres, tetrameres, hexameres.
- n. A Maori war-club; a casse-tête, or war-ax, from 12 to 18 inches in length, made of any suitable hard material, as stone, hard wood, or whalebone. Outside of New Zealand the word is only known as the name of a little trinket of greenstone made in imitation of the New Zealand weapon in miniature, mounted in gold or silver, and used as a brooch, locket, ear-ring, or other article of jewelry.
- n. obsolete the sea
- n. a pool; a small lake or pond; marsh
- adj. obsolete famous.
- n. a Maori war-club
- n. boundary, limit; a boundary-marker; boundary-line
- v. transitive, obsolete To limit; bound; divide or cause division in.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To set divisions and bounds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pool or lake.
- n. A boundary.
- v. obsolete To divide, limit, or bound.
- n. obsolete A mare.
- adj. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
- adj. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare.
- adj. being nothing more than specified
- n. a small pond of standing water
- adj. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
- From Middle English, from Old English mǣre ("boundary, limit"), from Proto-Germanic *mērijan (“boundary”), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“to fence”). Cognate with Dutch meer ("a limit, boundary"), Icelandic mærr ("borderland"), Swedish landamäre ("border, borderline, boundary"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, absolute, pure, from Old French mier, pure, from Latin merus.Middle English, from Old English; see mori- in Indo-European roots.Middle English, from Old English mǣre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The manner in which Sabbatarians emphasize the phrase “My Sabbath,” and “My holy day,” is well calculated to mislead the unsuspecting, but those who are schooled in biblical literature will regard it as mere _rant_, _cheap theology_, _mere display_!”
“Are we to suppose then that the insanity of the third character, the Fool, is, in this respect, a mere repetition of that of the second, the beggar, -- that it too is _mere_ pretence?”
“Pompilia shone with a glory that mere knowledge could not give (if there were such a thing as _mere_ knowledge).”
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“Another subject I recently interviewed blamed what he called mere "centa-millionaires" for the breakdown in exclusivity of his elitist world.”
“For his part, Nigerien President Mamadou Tanja has rejected all negotiation with what he describes as mere "armed bandits.”
“To the Christian, on the other hand, or to the modern thinker in general, it is difficult, if not impossible, to attach reality to what he terms mere abstraction; while to Plato this very abstraction is the truest and most real of all things.”
“But between cases of what we call mere succession and what is commonly called causal sequence the difference lies merely in the observed fact that in some cases the sequence varies, while in others no exception has ever been discovered.”
“From that time death had held for him a more personal promise; and the obligation to live, to fulfil one's present opportunities, had become charged with another meaning than he had been used to read into what he called his mere animal responsibility.”
“But Chauvelin was not the man to trouble himself about these social amenities, which he called mere incidents in his diplomatic career.”
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