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meander

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noun me·an·der \ mē-ˈan-dər \

Definition of meander

1 :a winding path or course
  • the new path, which he supposed only to make a few meanders
  • —Samuel Johnson
; especially :labyrinth
2 :a turn or winding of a stream
  • The meander eventually became isolated from the main stream.

meandrous

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Origin and Etymology of meander

Latin maeander, from Greek maiandros, from Maiandros (now Menderes), river in Asia Minor


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meander

verb

Definition of meander

meandered; meandering \-d(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to follow a winding or intricate course
  • across the ceiling meandered a long crack
  • —John Galsworthy
2 :to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination :ramble
  • he meandered with the sightseers gawping at the boat people
  • —John le Carré

Examples of meander in a Sentence

  1. The path meanders through the garden.

  2. We meandered around the village.

  3. The conversation meandered on for hours.

Recent Examples of meander from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of meander

meander Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of meander

wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander mean to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose. wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course.
    • fond of wandering about the square just watching the people
roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield.
    • liked to roam through the woods
ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective.
    • the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point
rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming.
    • armed brigands roved over the countryside
traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful.
    • traipsed all over town looking for the right dress
meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering.
    • the river meanders for miles through rich farmland

MEANDER Defined for English Language Learners

meander

verb

Definition of meander for English Language Learners

  • : to have a lot of curves instead of going in a straight or direct line : to follow a winding course

  • : to walk slowly without a specific goal, purpose, or direction

  • : to go from one topic to another without any clear direction


MEANDER Defined for Kids

meander

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verb me·an·der \ mē-ˈan-dər \

Definition of meander for Students

meandered; meandering
1 :to follow a winding course
  • A brook meanders through the fields.
2 :to wander without a goal or purpose
  • He spends his days meandering around town.


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