from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the sea
- n. a pool; a small lake or pond; marsh
- adj. famous.
- n. a Maori war-club
- n. boundary, limit; a boundary-marker; boundary-line
- v. To limit; bound; divide or cause division in.
- v. To set divisions and bounds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pool or lake.
- n. A boundary.
- transitive v. To divide, limit, or bound.
- n. A mare.
- adj. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
- adj. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being nothing more than specified
- n. a small pond of standing water
- adj. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
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)
Old English mere, from Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri. Cognate with Dutch meer, German Meer, Norwegian mar (only used in combinations, such as marbakke); and (from Indo-European) with Latin mare, Breton mor, Russian море. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English mǣre ("famous, great, excellent, sublime, splendid, pure, sterling"), from Proto-Germanic *mērijaz (“excellent, famous”), from Proto-Indo-European *mēros (“large, handsome”). Cognate with Middle High German mære ("famous"), Icelandic mærr ("famous"). (Wiktionary)
Anglo-Norman meer, from Old French mier, from Latin merus. (Wiktionary)
Maori mere ("more"). (Wiktionary)
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)