to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course: The stream meandered through the valley.
to wander aimlessly; ramble: The talk meandered on.
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.
- me·an·der·er, noun
Other definitions for Meander (2 of 2)
ancient name of the Menderes (def. 2).
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How to use meander in a sentence
As announced in The New York Times, stores now track customers as they meander through the shop floor.How Big Data Is Entering Every Corner of Our Lives | Leo Hollis | July 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Solnit can take up a thought and follow its meander into as-yet unrevealed territory.The Collector: Rebecca Solnit on Textual Pleasure, Punk, and More | Lauren Elkin | July 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
All of them meander through multiple surprises to satisfying and unexpected endings.Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks | The Daily Beast | December 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The English potter and ceramist Josiah Wedgwood loved the meander.
As it has come down to us “on the borders of pottery and textiles, the meander resembles a maze or labyrinth.”
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.
Professor Goodyear gives the title of “meander” to that form of Swastika which bends two or more times (fig. 11).
Three have the ends bent (at right angles) four times, making a meander form, while two make only one bend.
Even the square and meander Swastikas (figs. 10, 11) require a rule and angle to make them exact.
British Dictionary definitions for meander (1 of 2)
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
- meanderer, noun
- meandering, adjective
- meanderingly, adverb
- meandrous, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Meander (2 of 2)
a variant spelling of Maeander
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Scientific definitions for meander
A sinuous curve, bend, or loop along the course of a stream or river.
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