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member

Syllabification: mem·ber
Pronunciation: /ˈmembər
 
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Definition of member in English:

noun

1A person, animal, or plant belonging to a particular group: interest from members of the public a member of the lily family
More example sentences
  • He possesses impressive legal credentials and is a fellow member of the Federalist Society.
  • I was an active member of the Tolkien Society at the time of the first film.
  • At university, I was an active member of a society for magicians.
Synonyms
subscriber, associate, affiliate, life member, card-carrying member
1.1A person, country, or organization that has joined a group, society, or team: a member of the drama club he travelled with fellow Church members [as modifier]: the EU’s member countries
1.2 (also Member) A person formally elected to take part in the proceedings of certain organizations: members of Congress a Member of Parliament
More example sentences
  • Why have they misled opinion formers and policy makers like the Council and Members of Parliament?
  • He was a past president of the Association of Former Members of the Parliament of New Zealand.
  • In 1689, he was elected a Member of Parliament for the University, and he moved to London.
2A constituent piece of a complex structure: the main member that joins the front and rear axles
More example sentences
  • If main structural members are to be cut the load must be carried by temporary braces.
  • Hardwire can even be used on structural steel members to increase their capacity.
  • Furthermore the use of bracing using diagonal members to make a structure stiff was well known.
Synonyms
2.1A part of a sentence, equation, group of figures, mathematical set, etc.
Example sentences
  • We can use any one of the three letters in CAT as the first member of a permutation.
  • He compared two infinitely large sets and stated that they have an equal number of members.
  • No matter which two matrices are chosen, their matrix product will be a member of I.
3 archaic A part or organ of the body, especially a limb.
Example sentences
  • The skeleton, which is formed by the union of about 200 bones, is divided like the body into head, trunk, and members.
  • It is very clearly apparent from the admonitions of Galen how great is the usefulness of a knowledge of the bones, since the bones are the foundation of the rest of the parts of the body and all the members rest upon them and are supported, as proceeding from a primary base.
Synonyms
limb, organ;
arm, leg, appendage
3.1 (also male member) The penis. Compare with membrum virile.
Example sentences
  • Men keep exposing themselves to her, but she remains sternly unimpressed: the male member is easily available anywhere.
  • Despite the film's mild obsession with the male member, it contains enough entertaining moments and individual performances to justify its existence.
  • One of the most common misconceptions about our penis is the average size of the male member.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin membrum 'limb'.

Derivatives

membered

1
adjective
[in combination]: (chiefly Chemistry ) a six-membered oxygen-containing ring

Words that rhyme with member

Bemba, December, ember, November, Pemba, September

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