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[mee-an-der] /miˈæn dər/
verb (used without object)
to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course:
The stream meandered through the valley.
to wander aimlessly; ramble:
The talk meandered on.
verb (used with object)
Surveying. to define the margin of (a body of water) with a meander line.
Usually, meanders. turnings or windings; a winding path or course.
a circuitous movement or journey.
an intricate variety of fret or fretwork.
Origin of meander
1570-80; < Latin maeander < Greek maíandros a winding, special use of Maíandros, the Menderes River, noted for its winding course
Related forms
meanderer, noun
meanderingly, adverb
unmeandering, adjective
unmeanderingly, adverb
1. wander, wind, twist, snake, coil. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for meandering
  • ON a sunny afternoon, canoeists traveled up a meandering river.
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  • Some of history's best-known scientific and literary achievements grew out of such mental meandering.
  • It was a far cry from the original highway-commission blueprints and their more topographically friendly, meandering roadways.
  • meandering as they are, this film's historical sequences also have an unexpected lightness.
  • Fall's clear days are the perfect reason to take a meandering drive connecting ocean views and small towns.
  • Combined with the game mechanic, feeling the beat of the music or the meandering soft melody will easily lull you into a trance.
  • The unobtrusive hum of this background music also matches the film's meandering pace, which struggles against a narrative block.
  • The book is entertaining, meandering and at times disingenuous.
  • meandering recently through a suburban fair, he chatted easily with voters near giant banana dolls.
British Dictionary definitions for meandering


verb (intransitive)
to follow a winding course
to wander without definite aim or direction
(often pl) a curve or bend, as in a river
(often pl) a winding course or movement
an ornamental pattern, esp as used in ancient Greek architecture
Derived Forms
meanderer, noun
meandering, adjective
meanderingly, adverb
meandrous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros the River Maeander; see Menderes (sense 1)


a variant spelling of Maeander
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Word Origin and History for meandering



1570s, "confusion, intricacies," from Latin meander "a winding course," from Greek Maiandros, name of a river in Caria noted for its winding course (the Greeks used the name figuratively for winding patterns). In reference to river courses, in English, from 1590s. Adjectival forms are meandrine (1846); meandrous (1650s).


"flow in a winding course" (of rivers), 1610s, from meander (n.). Of a person, "to wander aimlessly" (1831), originally of persons traveling on a river (1821), perhaps influenced by confusion with maunder [OED]. Related: Meandered; meandering.

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meandering in Science
A sinuous curve, bend, or loop along the course of a stream or river.
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