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mitre

[mahy-ter]
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noun, verb (used with object), mi·tred, mi·tring. Chiefly British.
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miter

[mahy-ter]
noun
  1. the official headdress of a bishop in the Western Church, in its modern form a tall cap with a top deeply cleft crosswise, the outline of the front and back resembling that of a pointed arch.
  2. the office or rank of a bishop; bishopric.
  3. Judaism. the official headdress of the ancient high priest, bearing on the front a gold plate engraved with the words Holiness to the Lord. Ex. 28:36–38.
  4. a fillet worn by women of ancient Greece.
  5. Carpentry. an oblique surface formed on a piece of wood or the like so as to butt against an oblique surface on another piece to be joined with it.
  6. Nautical. the inclined seam connecting the two cloths of an angulated sail.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bestow a miter upon, or raise to a rank entitled to it.
  2. to join with a miter joint.
  3. to cut to a miter.
  4. to join (two edges of fabric) at a corner by various methods of folding, cutting, and stitching.
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Also especially British, mi·tre.

Origin of miter

1350–1400; Middle English mitre (noun) < Latin mitra < Greek mítra turban, headdress
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Examples from the Web for mitred

Historical Examples

  • Like unto thee, assuredly, there is no other mitred father in the calendar.

    Pearls of Thought

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • When all four corners have been mitred, the filling in papers can be pasted in.

  • Fig. 287 also shows the method of cutting away the mitred part.

    Woodwork Joints

    William Fairham

  • Fig. 206 is an example of dowelling framing when the moulding on the edge has to be mitred.

    Woodwork Joints

    William Fairham

  • Where there is a mitred or flush joint, the shrinkage is certain to show.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson


British Dictionary definitions for mitred

miter

noun, verb
  1. the usual US spelling of mitre
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mitre

US miter

noun
  1. Christianity the liturgical headdress of a bishop or abbot, in most western churches consisting of a tall pointed cleft cap with two bands hanging down at the back
  2. short for mitre joint
  3. a bevelled surface of a mitre joint
  4. (in sewing) a diagonal join where the hems along two sides meet at a corner of the fabric
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verb (tr)
  1. to make a mitre joint between (two pieces of material, esp wood)
  2. to make a mitre in (a fabric)
  3. to confer a mitre upona mitred abbot
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin mitra, from Greek mitra turban
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Word Origin and History for mitred

mitre

n.

bishop's tall hat, late 14c., from Old French mitre, from Latin mitra "headband, turban," from Greek mitra "headband, turban," earlier a belt or cloth worn under armor about the waist, from PIE root *mei- "to tie" (cf. Sanskrit Mitrah, Old Persian Mithra-, god names; Russian mir "world, peace," Greek mitos "a warp thread"). In Latin, "a kind of headdress common among Asiatics, the wearing of which by men was regarded in Rome as a mark of effeminacy" [OED]. But the word was used in Vulgate to translate Hebrew micnepheth "headdress of a priest."

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miter

n.2

in the carpentry sense of "joint at a 45 degree angle," 1670s, perhaps from mitre, via notion of joining of the two peaks of the folded cap. As a verb from 1731.

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miter

n.1

alternative spelling of mitre (see -re).

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