- a great circle of the earth passing through the poles and any given point on the earth's surface.
- the half of such a circle included between the poles.
Origin of meridian
Examples from the Web for meridian
Contemporary Examples of meridian
To its proponents Andhra was the meridian, after 600 years of division and dispersal, of Telugu civilization.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
Meridian police were not amused and vowed to collect affidavits with an eye toward arresting the perpetrators.Satan Is Coming to Oklahoma
December 10, 2013
Sure enough, it was founded at a meeting in Meridian, Mississippi in 1888.The South's Contribution (Singular!)
February 12, 2013
Wonderful houses like Meridian House but still thriving with boiseries, Louis XV and paté en croute.The Enigmatic Nomad
Kirk Davis Swinehart
February 26, 2011
Historical Examples of meridian
By meridian altitudes of sun, Lyrae (Vega), 32 degrees 15 minutes.
By meridian altitude of sun, camp is in latitude 31 degrees 53 minutes South.
Following is the revised edition of the Decalogue, calculated for this meridian.The Devil's Dictionary
Before he reached it the golden sun had begun to decline from his meridian height.
The profuseness of the illuminations outdid the brightness of the meridian sun.
- one of the imaginary lines joining the north and south poles at right angles to the equator, designated by degrees of longitude from 0° at Greenwich to 180°
- the great circle running through both polesSee prime meridian
- the great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the north and south celestial poles and the zenith and nadir of the observer
- (as modifier)a meridian instrument
Word Origin for meridian
mid-14c., "noon," from Old French meridien "of the noon time, midday; the Meridian; southerner" (12c.), and directly from Latin meridianus "of midday, of noon, southerly, to the south," from meridies "noon, south," from meridie "at noon," altered by dissimilation from pre-Latin *medi die, locative of medius "mid-" (see medial (adj.)) + dies "day" (see diurnal). Cartographic sense first recorded late 14c. Figurative uses tend to suggest "point of highest development or fullest power."
The city in Mississippi, U.S., was settled 1854 (as Sowashee Station) at a railway junction and given its current name in 1860, supposedly by people who thought meridian meant "junction" (they perhaps confused the word with median).