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miter

noun mi·ter \ ˈmī-tər \
variants: or mitre
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of miter

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

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Origin and Etymology of miter

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


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miter

verb
variants: or mitre

Definition of miter

mitered or mitred; mitering or mitring play \ˈmī-tə-riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to confer a miter on
2 a :to match or fit together in a miter joint
b :to bevel the ends of for making a miter joint

miterer

play \ˈmī-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of miter in a Sentence

  1. The corners of the frame were carefully mitered.

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First Known Use of miter

14th century

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MITER Defined for English Language Learners

miter

noun

Definition of miter for English Language Learners

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


miter

verb

Definition of miter for English Language Learners

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



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