Definition of meander in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɪˈandə


[no object, with adverbial of direction]


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  • 1A winding curve or bend of a river or road: the river flows in sweeping meanders
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    • 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.
    bend, loop, curve, twist, turn, turning, coil, zigzag, oxbow, convolution
  • 1.1 [in singular] An indirect or aimless journey: a leisurely meander round the twisting coastline road
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    • 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.
    wander, ramble, stroll, saunter, amble
    informal mosey, tootle
    British informal bimble
  • 1.2An ornamental pattern of winding or interlocking lines.
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    • 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).

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