- 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.
- the office or rank of a bishop; bishopric.
- 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.
- a fillet worn by women of ancient Greece.
- 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.
- Nautical. the inclined seam connecting the two cloths of an angulated sail.
- to bestow a miter upon, or raise to a rank entitled to it.
- to join with a miter joint.
- to cut to a miter.
- to join (two edges of fabric) at a corner by various methods of folding, cutting, and stitching.
Origin of miter
Examples from the Web for mitring
Historical Examples of mitring
After mitring the door stop, nail to door frame at a distance from its edge equal to thickness of door.Carpentry and Woodwork
Edwin W. Foster
Tuck in all at once the foot and lower corners, mitring the corners as you did those of the lower sheet.
It is easier than mitring, but by no means a strong joint, unless skilfully made.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
Mitring, lines meeting at a right angle without overrunning are said to be mitred.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books
- the usual US spelling of mitre
- 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
- short for mitre joint
- a bevelled surface of a mitre joint
- (in sewing) a diagonal join where the hems along two sides meet at a corner of the fabric
- to make a mitre joint between (two pieces of material, esp wood)
- to make a mitre in (a fabric)
- to confer a mitre upona mitred abbot
Word Origin for mitre
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."
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.