- to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course: The stream meandered through the valley.
- to wander aimlessly; ramble: The talk meandered on.
- Surveying. to define the margin of (a body of water) with a meander line.
- Usually meanders. turnings or windings; a winding path or course.
- a circuitous movement or journey.
- an intricate variety of fret or fretwork.
Origin of meander
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- ancient name of the Menderes(def 2).
Examples from the Web for meander
As announced in The New York Times, stores now track customers as they meander through the shop floor.How Big Data Is Entering Every Corner of Our Lives
July 26, 2013
Solnit can take up a thought and follow its meander into as-yet unrevealed territory.The Collector: Rebecca Solnit on Textual Pleasure, Punk, and More
July 2, 2013
All of them meander through multiple surprises to satisfying and unexpected endings.Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks
The Daily Beast
December 11, 2012
The English potter and ceramist Josiah Wedgwood loved the meander.
As it has come down to us “on the borders of pottery and textiles, the meander resembles a maze or labyrinth.”
But I must meander back to town, and let the boys know you're in possession, safe and sound.Devil's Ford
Familiar with the meander of the bank below the ford, he saw what had happened.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
All this the officer tells us as we meander across the smooth water.Round the Wonderful World
G. E. Mitton
He thinks that it may have been the origin of the Greek fret or meander pattern.
This is more imperative with the meander Swastika than with the normal.
- to follow a winding course
- to wander without definite aim or direction
- (often plural) a curve or bend, as in a river
- (often plural) a winding course or movement
- an ornamental pattern, esp as used in ancient Greek architecture
- a variant spelling of Maeander
Word Origin and History for meander
1570s, "confusion, intricacies," from Latin meander "a winding course," from Greek Maiandros, name of a river in Caria noted for its winding course (the Greeks used the name figuratively for winding patterns). In reference to river courses, in English, from 1590s. Adjectival forms are meandrine (1846); meandrous (1650s).
- A sinuous curve, bend, or loop along the course of a stream or river.