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meander

[mee-an-der] /miˈæn dər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course:
The stream meandered through the valley.
2.
to wander aimlessly; ramble:
The talk meandered on.
verb (used with object)
3.
Surveying. to define the margin of (a body of water) with a meander line.
noun
4.
Usually, meanders. turnings or windings; a winding path or course.
5.
a circuitous movement or journey.
6.
an intricate variety of fret or fretwork.
Origin of meander
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin maeander < Greek maíandros a winding, special use of Maíandros, the Menderes River, noted for its winding course
Related forms
meanderer, noun
meanderingly, adverb
unmeandering, adjective
unmeanderingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. wander, wind, twist, snake, coil.
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  • Its walls at the lower end are beautifully curved, as the river sweeps in its meandering course.

    The Crest of the Continent Ernest Ingersoll
  • But mind you tell your wife just what I told you—and no meandering of your own—you hear!

  • He times himself to the meandering, soliloquizing stream; its impulse bears him along.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • "Gimpy Gordon's meandering mind is well understood for what it is," he said.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • In the grove there were little bowery nooks, and meandering footpaths, mostly worn by visitors from the neighbouring shores.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for meandering

meander

/mɪˈændə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to follow a winding course
2.
to wander without definite aim or direction
noun
3.
(often pl) a curve or bend, as in a river
4.
(often pl) a winding course or movement
5.
an ornamental pattern, esp as used in ancient Greek architecture
Derived Forms
meanderer, noun
meandering, adjective
meanderingly, adverb
meandrous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros the River Maeander; see Menderes (sense 1)

Meander

/miːˈændə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Maeander
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Word Origin and History for meandering

meander

n.

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).

v.

"flow in a winding course" (of rivers), 1610s, from meander (n.). Of a person, "to wander aimlessly" (1831), originally of persons traveling on a river (1821), perhaps influenced by confusion with maunder [OED]. Related: Meandered; meandering.

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meandering in Science
meander
  (mē-ān'dər)   
A sinuous curve, bend, or loop along the course of a stream or river.
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