meanderingly

meander

[mee-an-der]
verb (used without object)
1.
to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course: The stream meandered through the valley.
2.
to wander aimlessly; ramble: The talk meandered on.
verb (used with object)
3.
Surveying. to define the margin of (a body of water) with a meander line.
noun
4.
Usually, meanders. turnings or windings; a winding path or course.
5.
a circuitous movement or journey.
6.
an intricate variety of fret or fretwork.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin maeander < Greek maíandros a winding, special use of Maíandros, the Menderes River, noted for its winding course

meanderer, noun
meanderingly, adverb
unmeandering, adjective
unmeanderingly, adverb


1. wander, wind, twist, snake, coil.
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meander (mɪˈændə)
 
vb
1.  to follow a winding course
2.  to wander without definite aim or direction
 
n
3.  (often plural) a curve or bend, as in a river
4.  (often plural) a winding course or movement
5.  an ornamental pattern, esp as used in ancient Greek architecture
 
[C16: from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros the River Maeander; see Menderes (sense 1)]
 
me'anderer
 
n
 
me'andering
 
adj
 
me'anderingly
 
adv
 
me'androus
 
adj

Meander (miːˈændə)
 
n
a variant spelling of Maeander

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meander
1570s (n.) "confusion, intricacies," from L. meander, from Gk. Maiandros, name of a river in Phrygia, noted for its winding course. The verb meaning "to flow in a winding course" (of rivers) is attested from 1610s. Of a person, "to wander aimlessly" (1831) it is perhaps confused with
maunder (q.v.). Related: Meandered; meandering.
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meander   (mē-ān'dər)  Pronunciation Key 
A sinuous curve, bend, or loop along the course of a stream or river.
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