Definition of Miter

1. Noun. Joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner.

Exact synonyms: Miter Joint, Mitre, Mitre Joint
Generic synonyms: Joint

2. Verb. Bevel the edges of, to make a miter joint.
Generic synonyms: Bevel, Chamfer

3. Noun. The surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made. "He covered the miter with glue before making the joint"
Exact synonyms: Mitre
Generic synonyms: Surface

4. Verb. Confer a miter on (a bishop).
Generic synonyms: Bestow, Confer

5. Noun. A liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions.
Exact synonyms: Mitre
Generic synonyms: Headdress, Headgear
Derivative terms: Mitral

6. Verb. Fit together in a miter joint.
Generic synonyms: Bring Together, Join

Definition of Miter

1. n. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two points or peaks.

2. v. t. To place a miter upon; to adorn with a miter.

3. v. i. To meet and match together, as two pieces of molding, on a line bisecting the angle of junction.

Definition of Miter

1. Verb. To finish a material at an angle, frequently 45 degrees, or sometimes with some specific shape, so that it will fit up tightly against another piece of material, as with a picture frame. ¹

2. Noun. (alternative form of miter joint) ¹

3. Noun. Alternative spelling of mitre. ¹

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Definition of Miter

1. to raise to the rank of a bishop [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Miter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"It is used for making miter-joints on small moldings. miter-joint ... To bestow a miter upon; raise to a rank to which the dignity of wearing a miter ..."

2. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1903)
"miter AND BEVEL GEAR PATTERNS. 32. General Consideration.—To cast a pair of miter gears (gears making an angle of 45°) that will mesh and run together, ..."

3. The Improvement of Rivers: A Treatise on the Methods Employed for Improving by Benjamin Franklin Thomas, David Alexander Watt (1913)
"Thus on the lower Seine the depth on the lower miter sills is in some cases 3 feet more than the channel depth; on the Dortmund-Ems Canal, 1 foot 9 inches ..."

4. Annual Report of the Isthmian Canal Commission by Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.), United States President (1901-1909 : Roosevelt), Canal Zone Governor (1912)
"The miter gate-moving machines have been installed in their respective places and one tested in regular service of swinging a gate in the dry. ..."

5. Exercises in Wood-working: With a Short Treatise on Wood; Written for Manual by Ivin Sickels (1889)
"To saw the molding in the miter-box and test the result by uniting the pieces. The successive cuts of the molding are shown in Fig. ..."

6. Cyclopedia of Architecture, Carpentry and Building: A General Reference Work by American Technical Society (1909)
"The term generally used in the shop for pattern cutting on cornice work is miter cutting. To illustrate, suppose two pieces of mouldings are to be joined ..."

7. Woodwork for Secondary Schools: A Text-book for High Schools and Colleges by Ira Samuel Griffith (1916)
"miter Plane and Chute Board.—Fig. 213 illustrates a machine tool which serves a ... miter-Box. In Fig. 214 is illustrated a miter-box of improved type. ..."

8. Sheet Metal Drafting, Prepared in the Extension Division of the University by Ellsworth M. Longfield (1921)
"A face miter may always be distinguished from a return miter by the fact that the miter line can be seen in the elevation; whereas, the miter line of a ..."

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