verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1(Of a river or road) follow a winding course: a river that meandered gently through a meadowMore example sentences
- Ali led the way to a place where the river meandered away from the road, looping around a tall stand of deciduous forest that stood alone like an island.
- The Tungabhadra river meanders gently through, and at night the boulder-strewn landscape has an almost magical quality.
- The area grew and prospered during the Industrial Revolution, but it's now an oasis of green calm, where canals and rivers meander through hills dotted with sheep and dry-stone walls.
- 1.1Wander at random: kids meandered in and outMore example sentences
- Everyone was wandering around town, meandering.
- Patricia Schultz has suffered from wanderlust ever since she meandered away from the family beach blanket at age 4.
- Omid took some time to meander and wander through the Game Developer Conference in San Jose last week.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of language, thought, etc.) proceed aimlessly or with little purpose: a stylish offbeat thriller which occasionally meandersMore example sentences
- I had just taken Claire home at around 11:00 a.m and was once again cruising around in my car, thoughts meandering around my head.
- My thoughts meandered and moseyed as my eyelids grew heavy.
- Thoughts meandered through her brain, and they were quite unorganized.
noun(usually meanders) Back to top
- 1A winding curve or bend of a river or road: the river flows in sweeping meandersMore example sentences
- Awkwardly sited on the river meander, the bridge has an uncomfortable relationship with the freeway.
- Shreve, in a move of astonishing hubris, decided in 1831 to dredge a five-mile shortcut across a long meander on the Mississippi, saving 18 river-miles.
- 1.1 [in singular] An indirect or aimless journey: a leisurely meander round the twisting coastline roadMore example sentences
- Quite apart form this, a slow meander down the Siq establishes the mystery of this ‘lost’ city and builds up a sense of anticipation around every corner.
- Another meander takes us into the house of a female healer.
- I will be writing about costs of living, food and booze on a slow meander in the sun.
- 1.2An ornamental pattern of winding or interlocking lines.More example sentences
- Subsidiary zones are filled by key meanders among other rectilinear motifs; there may also be friezes of goats and deer, derived from Levantine sources.
- Works called ‘folded loops’ resemble meanders or mazes, with every line bending back on itself.
- Contributing to this impression was not only the shape-on-top-of-shape appearance but that work's random meander.
late 16th century (as a noun): from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros, the name of a river (see Menderes).