[ mee-an-der ]
/ miˈæn dər /

verb (used without object)

to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course: The stream meandered through the valley.
to wander aimlessly; ramble: The talk meandered on.

verb (used with object)

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

1570–80; < Latin maeander < Greek maíandros a winding, special use of Maíandros, the Menderes River, noted for its winding course


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Definition for meander (2 of 2)

[ mee-an-der ]
/ miˈæn dər /


ancient name of the Menderes(def 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for meander (1 of 2)

/ (mɪˈændə) /

verb (intr)

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

Derived forms of meander

meanderer, nounmeandering, adjectivemeanderingly, adverbmeandrous, adjective

Word Origin for meander

C16: from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros the River Maeander; see Menderes (sense 1)

British Dictionary definitions for meander (2 of 2)

/ (miːˈændə) /


a variant spelling of Maeander
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Scientific definitions for meander

[ mē-ăndər ]

A sinuous curve, bend, or loop along the course of a stream or river.
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