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

  • n. A distinct part of a whole, especially:
  • n. Linguistics A syntactic unit of a sentence; a clause.
  • n. Logic A proposition of a syllogism.
  • n. Mathematics An element in a set.
  • n. A part or an organ of a human or animal body, as:
  • n. A limb, such as an arm or a leg.
  • n. The penis.
  • n. A part of a plant.
  • n. One that belongs to a group or an organization: a club member; a bank that is a member of the FDIC.
  • n. Mathematics The expression on either side of an equality sign.
  • n. A structural unit, such as a beam or wall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who officially belongs to a group.
  • n. A part of a whole.
  • n. A limb.
  • n. The penis.
  • n. One of the propositions making up a syllogism.
  • n. An element of a set.
  • n. In object-oriented programming, a function or piece of data associated with each separate instance of a class.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A part of an animal capable of performing a distinct office; an organ; a limb.
  • n. A part of a whole; an independent constituent of a body.
  • n. A part of a discourse or of a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse.
  • n. Either of the two parts of an algebraic equation, connected by the sign of equality.
  • n. Any essential part, as a post, tie rod, strut, etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss.
  • n. Any part of a building, whether constructional, as a pier, column, lintel, or the like, or decorative, as a molding, or group of moldings.
  • n. One of the persons composing a society, community, or the like; an individual forming part of an association.
  • n. one of the elements which, taken together, comprise a set.
  • n. one of the individual objects which comprise a group or class.
  • transitive v. To remember; to cause to remember; to mention.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An integral part of an animal body having a distinct function; a vital organ; particularly, in common use, one of the limbs or extremities, as a leg, an arm, or a wing.
  • n. Specifically, the private parts.
  • n. Figuratively, anything likened to a part of the body.
  • n. A part of any aggregate or whole; one of a number of associated parts or entities; any unit or division that can be considered separately as part of a total.
  • n. Specifically— A person considered in relation to any aggregate of individuals to which he belongs; particularly, one who has united with or has been formally chosen as a corporate part of an association or public body of any kind, as a church or a society: often used elliptically in England for a member of Parliament, and in the United States for a member of Congress.
  • n. A part of a discourse, or of a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse.
  • n. In architecture, any subordinate part of a building, order, or composition, as a frieze, cornice, or molding.
  • n. In algebra, either of the two parts or sides of an equation united by the sign of equality (=).
  • n. In zoology and botany, a component of any higher classificatory group: thus, a species is a member of a genus; a genus is a member of a family, etc.
  • n.
  • n. In English law, a place where a custom-house has been kept of old time, with officers or deputies in attendance. Such localities were lawful places of exportation or importation.

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

  • n. the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism)
  • n. an organization that is a member of another organization (especially a state that belongs to a group of nations)
  • n. anything that belongs to a set or class
  • n. an external body part that projects from the body
  • n. one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)


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

Middle English membre, from Old French, from Latin membrum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English membre, from Old French membre, from Latin membrum ("limb, body part"), from Proto-Indo-European *memso-, *mems-ro (“flesh”). Akin to Gothic *𐌼𐌹𐌼𐌶 (mimz, “meat, flesh”), Crimean Gothic menus.


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