- a boundary or boundary marker.
Origin of mere3
Examples from the Web for mears
Mears, greatly disturbed, ordered the men off the grade and into the caboose.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
Will Mears had no confidence in any one else's ability to take care of his sister.
"But you can't say it's altogether the first aid," persisted Will Mears.
An' I want you to meet one of the most prominent privates in the division, Mr. Mears.Torchy and Vee
Will Mears was Fannie's brother and the other boys she knew only by sight.
- being nothing more than something specifiedshe is a mere child
- archaic, or dialect a lake or marsh
- obsolete the sea or an inlet of it
- archaic a boundary or boundary marker
- NZ a short flat striking weapon
Word Origin and History for mears
c.1400, "unmixed, pure," from Old French mier "pure" (of gold), "entire, total, complete," and directly from Latin merus "unmixed" (of wine), "pure; bare, naked;" figuratively "true, real, genuine," probably originally "clear, bright," from PIE *mer- "to gleam, glimmer, sparkle" (cf. Old English amerian "to purify," Old Irish emer "not clear," Sanskrit maricih "ray, beam," Greek marmarein "to gleam, glimmer"). Original sense of "nothing less than, absolute" (mid-15c., now only in vestiges such as mere folly) existed for centuries alongside opposite sense of "nothing more than" (1580s, e.g. a mere dream).
Old English mere "sea, ocean; lake, pool, pond, cistern," from Proto-Germanic *mari (cf. Old Norse marr, Old Saxon meri "sea," Middle Dutch maer, Dutch meer "lake, sea, pool," Old High German mari, German Meer "sea," Gothic marei "sea," mari-saiws "lake"), from PIE *mori- "sea" (cf. Latin mare, Old Church Slavonic morje, Russian more, Lithuanian mares, Old Irish muir, Welsh mor "sea," Gaulish Are-morici "people living near the sea").