Definition of Meander

1. Noun. A bend or curve, as in a stream or river.

Specialized synonyms: Oxbow
Group relationships: Stream, Watercourse
Generic synonyms: Curve, Curved Shape

2. Verb. To move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course. "Sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
Exact synonyms: Thread, Wander, Weave, Wind
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Snake
Related verbs: Wander
Derivative terms: Thread

3. Noun. An aimless amble on a winding course.
Exact synonyms: Ramble
Generic synonyms: Amble, Perambulation, Promenade, Saunter, Stroll
Derivative terms: Ramble

Definition of Meander

1. n. A winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of the veins and arteries.

2. v. t. To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous.

3. v. i. To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.

Definition of Meander

1. Noun. A winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of an old river. ¹

2. Noun. A tortuous or intricate movement. ¹

3. Noun. Fretwork. ¹

4. Noun. (math) A self-avoiding closed curve which intersects a line a number of times. ¹

5. Verb. To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous; to wander ¹

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Definition of Meander

1. to wander [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: wander

Medical Definition of Meander

1. To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate. "Five miles meandering with a mazy motion Through wood and dale the sacred river ran." (Coleridge) Origin: Meandered; Meandering. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Meander

mean lower low water
mean manifest vector
mean proportional
mean proportionals
mean sea level
mean solar day
mean solar time
mean spirited
mean sun
mean temperature
mean the world to
mean time
mean value
mean value theorem
mean vector
meander (current term)
meandric number
meandric numbers

Literary usage of Meander

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1. A Treatise on the Law of Surveying and Boundaries by Frank Emerson Clark (1922)
"In this chapter we treat briefly of the instructions of the land department to the government surveyors with reference to the running of meander lines and ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1904)
"Then commencing at the meander corner stone set at the NE. corner of Lot 1 in S 25 T 7 R 15 Б. and also the NW. corner of Lot 1 in Sec 30 T 7 R 10 E. (see ..."

3. The Law of Waters and Water Rights: International, National, State by Henry Philip Farnham (1904)
"... :lie land department has not authority, on a claim that the meander line as shown by the plat is incorrect and is in fact at some distance from the lake ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"Where in a survey of the public domain a body of water or lake is found to exist and is meandered, the result of such meander is to •exclude the area from ..."

5. Report (1904)
"An attempt to determine the relation between volume and width of meander belt failed from insufficiency of available data, but suggested that width was far ..."

6. Manual of United States Surveying: System of Rectangular Surveying Employed by J H. Hawes (1873)
"meander MOUNDS.—The mound and post at meander corners should be of the same dimensions as ... STONES or TREES may be employed to perpetuate meander corners, ..."

7. A Treatise on the Action of Ejectment and Concurrent Remedies for the by Martin L. Newell (1892)
"A meander Line.—As the term denotes, a meander line is a winding or indirect course. In boundaries it signifies a line which follows the sinuosities of a ..."

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