meander

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Maeander, from Ancient Greek Μαίανδρος (Maíandros) – a river in Asia Minor (present day Turkey) known for its winding course. (Turkish Büyük Menderes Nehri)

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Noun[edit]

meander (plural meanders)

  1. Usually in plural, a winding, crooked, or involved course.
    the meanders of an old river, or of the veins and arteries in the body
    • 1712, Sir Richard Blackmore, "Creation: A Philosophical Poem":
      See, how the streams advancing to the main, / Through crooked channels draw their crystal train! / While lingering thus they in meanders glide, / They scatter verdant life on either side.
  2. A tortuous or intricate movement.
  3. Fretwork.
  4. Synonym of Greek key.
  5. (mathematics) A self-avoiding closed curve which intersects a line a number of times.

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Verb[edit]

meander (third-person singular simple present meanders, present participle meandering, simple past and past participle meandered)

  1. (intransitive) To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.
    The stream meandered through the valley.
  2. (transitive) To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryton to this entry?)

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References[edit]

  • The Chambers Dictionary (1998)

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no
Meandere i elva Finna, Oppland

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Maeander, from Ancient Greek Μαίανδρος (Maíandros)

Noun[edit]

meander m (definite singular meanderen, indefinite plural meandere or meandre or meandrer, definite plural meanderne or meandrene)

  1. a meander (in a river)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Maeander, from Ancient Greek Μαίανδρος (Maíandros)

Noun[edit]

meander m (definite singular meanderen, indefinite plural meandrar, definite plural meandrane)

  1. a meander (in a river)

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From German Mäander.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɛˈan.dɛr/
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Noun[edit]

meander m inan

  1. meander (one of a series of regular sinuous curves, bends, loops, turns, or windings in the channel of a river, stream, or other watercourse)
  2. meander, meandros (decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif)

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Further reading[edit]

  • meander in Polish dictionaries at PWN