[ mee-an-der ]
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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)
  1. Surveying. to define the margin of (a body of water) with a meander line.

  1. Usually meanders. turnings or windings; a winding path or course.

  2. a circuitous movement or journey.

  1. 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

Other words for meander

Other words from meander

  • me·an·der·er, noun

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Other definitions for Meander (2 of 2)

[ mee-an-der ]

  1. ancient name of the Menderes (def. 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use meander in a sentence

  • But I must meander back to town, and let the boys know you're in possession, safe and sound.

    Devil's Ford | Bret Harte
  • On such it appears rather as a fragment of the more complicated meander patterns, from which it is derived.

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
  • Professor Goodyear gives the title of “meander” to that form of Swastika which bends two or more times (fig. 11).

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
  • Three have the ends bent (at right angles) four times, making a meander form, while two make only one bend.

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
  • Even the square and meander Swastikas (figs. 10, 11) require a rule and angle to make them exact.

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for meander (1 of 2)


/ (mɪˈændə) /

  1. to follow a winding course

  2. to wander without definite aim or direction

  1. (often plural) a curve or bend, as in a river

  2. (often plural) a winding course or movement

  1. an ornamental pattern, esp as used in ancient Greek architecture

Origin of meander

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

Derived forms of meander

  • meanderer, noun
  • meandering, adjective
  • meanderingly, adverb
  • meandrous, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Meander (2 of 2)


/ (miːˈændə) /

  1. a variant spelling of Maeander

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Scientific definitions for meander


[ mē-ăndər ]

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

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