meridian

noun
me·​rid·​i·​an | \ mə-ˈri-dē-ən How to pronounce meridian (audio) \

Definition of meridian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the poles
(2) : the half of such a circle included between the poles
b : a representation of such a circle or half circle numbered for longitude (see longitude sense 1) on a map or globe — see longitude illustration
2 : a great circle of the celestial sphere passing through its poles and the zenith of a given place — see azimuth illustration
3 : any of the pathways along which the body's vital energy flows according to the theory behind acupuncture
4 : a high point (as of development or prosperity) the problem of the unmarried don after he had passed the meridian— H. J. Laski
5 archaic : the hour of noon : midday

Meridian

geographical name
Me·​rid·​i·​an | \ mə-ˈri-dē-ən How to pronounce Meridian (audio) \

Definition of Meridian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city in southwestern Idaho west of Boise population 75,092

Note: Between 2000 and 2010, Meridian more than doubled in population.

2 city in east central Mississippi population 41,148

Note: In 1863, during the American Civil War, Meridian served as temporary state capital for a brief time.

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Other Words from meridian

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meridian adjective

Examples of meridian in a Sentence

Noun a lawyer at the meridian of his career arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What’s more, that meridian trench is supposedly not the narrow one seen in the X-Wing exhaust port bombing run (despite shots showing fighters approaching the meridian). James Hibberd, EW.com, "1977 Star Wars scene changed in one key way during filming," 21 Nov. 2019 There’s also a glow-in-the-dark cove and an ASMR tunnel for slime’s visual and auditory qualities, further ballyhooing the restful and spine-tingly autonomous sensory meridian response that has exploded in no-talking videos on YouTube. BostonGlobe.com, "Lovers of slime can gear up and get drenched at NYC pop-up - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 Shiatsu massage focuses on key points (or meridians) in the body. NBC News, "5 affordable at-home massage products for people with no time," 29 Oct. 2019 There’s also a glow-in-the-dark cove and an ASMR tunnel for slime’s visual and auditory qualities, further ballyhooing the restful and spine-tingly autonomous sensory meridian response that has exploded in no-talking videos on YouTube. BostonGlobe.com, "Lovers of slime can gear up and get drenched at NYC pop-up - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 There’s also a glow-in-the-dark cove and an ASMR tunnel for slime’s visual and auditory qualities, further ballyhooing the restful and spine-tingly autonomous sensory meridian response that has exploded in no-talking videos on YouTube. Washington Post, "Lovers of slime can gear up and get drenched at NYC pop-up," 24 Oct. 2019 The meridians surface at roughly 360 places identified as acupuncture points. Deborah Storey | For Al.com, al, "Alabama vet specializes in acupuncture for pets," 11 Sep. 2019 In February 2010, the term autonomous sensory meridian response came to her. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you ever wanted to know about ASMR," 27 June 2019 As an internet curiosity, ASMR—autonomous sensory meridian response—has reached cult-like proportions. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Small Sounds, Big Money: The Commercialization of ASMR," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of meridian

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for meridian

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French meridien, from meridien of noon, from Latin meridianus, from meridies noon, south, irregular from medius mid + dies day — more at mid, deity

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The first known use of meridian was in the 14th century

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2 Dec 2019

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“Meridian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meridian. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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meridian

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of meridian

: any one of the lines that go from the North Pole to the South Pole on maps of the world

meridian

noun
me·​rid·​i·​an | \ mə-ˈri-dē-ən How to pronounce meridian (audio) \

Kids Definition of meridian

1 : any imaginary semicircle on the earth's surface reaching from the north pole to the south pole
2 : a representation of a meridian on a map or globe numbered according to degrees of longitude

meridian

noun
me·​rid·​i·​an | \ mə-ˈrid-ē-ən How to pronounce meridian (audio) \

Medical Definition of meridian

1 : an imaginary circle or closed curve on the surface of a sphere or globe-shaped body (as the eyeball) that lies in a plane passing through the poles
2 : any of the pathways along which the body's vital energy flows according to the theory of acupuncture

Other Words from meridian

meridian adjective

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