meander

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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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meander (plural meanders)

  1. 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. (mathematics) A self-avoiding closed curve which intersects a line a number of times.

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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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  • The Chambers Dictionary (1998)

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