- 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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Examples from the Web for meandering
Though conversational and often witty, his meandering phrases become increasingly unpredictable as they develop.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
He was obsessed with detail and had a slow, meandering style.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
We watched her float about, a meandering frown, for two whole hours in the season premiere as she mourned the death of Matthew.‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Review: The Depressing Demise of a Once-Great Show
February 24, 2014
And that makes for a meandering, challenging, non-escapist viewing.Why Watching ‘Teen Mom 2’s Disturbing Abortion Is So Challenging
January 21, 2014
Netanyahu's meandering and uninspired drivel left many confused but I will attempt to summarize it.Netanyahu’s Iran Soliloquy at the U.N.
October 2, 2013
The sight of him meandering about the room recalled these things.The Twins of Suffering Creek
Now, the Kennyfecks had been meandering after this fashion for some time back.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
But mind you tell your wife just what I told you—and no meandering of your own—you hear!The Argonauts of North Liberty
Then, meandering through this wilderness of dubiety, ran thoughts of Oliver.The Rough Road
William John Locke
"Gimpy Gordon's meandering mind is well understood for what it is," he said.The Big Fix
George Oliver Smith
- 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 meandering
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.