But in order to show that it is central, he must limit the universe and give its circumference, metes and bounds.
The suffering that it metes out to its victims is indescribable.
The past was so recent that statesmen were timid, and they wanted their metes and bounds to be fixed by a monument.
She closes the volume, and, musing, metes him out the hours and days he has to live.
In fiction coincidence has its metes and bounds beyond which it dare not step.
But what were the metes and bounds of this province which had been so often bought and sold?
I dine with them in Philadelphia; the joy is unconfined and measured neither by metes nor bounds.
So we could mark well the metes and bounds of the camp and prick in all the items.
Do not contend against the great Law which metes out suffering in return for vice.'
The value of a thing is what it will fetch, no doubt, and yet that is a doctrine which metes out half-justice only.
"to allot," Old English metan "to measure, mete out; compare, estimate" (class V strong verb; past tense mæt, past participle meten), from Proto-Germanic *metanan (cf. Old Saxon metan, Old Frisian, Old Norse meta, Dutch meten, Old High German mezzan, German messen, Gothic mitan "to measure"), from PIE *med- "to take appropriate measures" (see medical). Used now only with out. Related: Meted; meting.
"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from Old French mete "limit, bounds, frontier," from Latin meta "goal, boundary, post, pillar."