miter

noun
mi·ter | \ˈmī-tər \
variants: or mitre

Definition of miter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a liturgical headdress worn by bishops and abbots

2 [ perhaps from miter headdress ]

a : a surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a joint is made by cutting two pieces at an angle and fitting them together

b : miter joint

miter

verb
variants: or mitre
mitered or mitred; mitering or mitring\ˈmī-tə-riŋ \

Definition of miter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to confer a miter on

2a : to match or fit together in a miter joint

b : to bevel the ends of for making a miter joint

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Other Words from miter

Verb

miterer \ˈmī-tər-ər \ noun

Examples of miter in a Sentence

Verb

The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Along with his traditional miter, or the tall headpiece used for church services, the pope wore Katsura’s long gold cape with a red banner down the middle to lead Easter mass that year. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is How Pope John Paul II’s 1993 Easter Mass Vestment Was Made," 2 May 2018 Pope Francis brought his own chasuble and miter from Argentina. Pamela Keogh, Vanities, "“I’m Not Sure Any Bishops Could Fit into Them”: Touring the Met’s Catholic Fashions with Father James Martin," 8 May 2018 Other looks in the show included a teal cargo jumpsuit with a matching miter, an oversized polo dress topped with a red velvet cardinal’s biretta, and a high-necked white dress that evoked an adult-size christening gown. New York Times, "Meet the Young Designers Making Catholic-Inspired Fashion," 9 May 2018 By the time Rihanna, another co-host, made her entrance in a Pope-tastic bejeweled white Maison Margiela minidress with overskirt and miter, and the internet broke, there was really nothing to say but: oh my God. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018 The locks were shut down on Jan. 15 and underwent several repairs while closed, including the replacement of gate anchors, miter blocks, quoin blocks and cylinder seals. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Soo Locks shipping season starts Sunday," 23 Mar. 2018 Apply duct tape to joints in insulation, and miter foam around elbows, so joints in pipes are completely covered. NOLA.com, "10 things you should do now to protect from future freezes," 6 Feb. 2018 The man gabbed Tassin's large miter saws, making two trips. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Marrero brothers wanted in Harvey theft caught on camera," 12 Dec. 2017 Items listed as stolen included miscellaneous change, a red Ohio State hoodie, a miter saw, and a belt sander. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Driver with felony warrant nabbed: Pepper Pike police blotter," 20 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The car's handsome design had nods to town (a steel roof and smart deco detailing on the fender skirts) and country (mitered white ash paneling on the sides and rear, mahogany on the interior). Ash Carter, Town & Country, "Town & Country salutes the Town & Countrys of America," 3 Apr. 2013

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First Known Use of miter

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miter

Noun

Middle English mitre, from Anglo-French, from Latin mitra headband, turban, from Greek

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miter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of miter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a high pointed hat worn by a bishop or abbot in church ceremonies

miter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of miter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to match or fit (boards) together in a miter joint

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