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[mahy-terd] /ˈmaɪ tərd/
shaped like a bishop's miter or having a miter-shaped apex.
wearing, or entitled or privileged to wear, a miter.
1350-1400; Middle English; see miter, -ed3


[mahy-ter] /ˈmaɪ tər/
the official headdress of a bishop in the Western Church, in its modern form a tall cap with a top deeply cleft crosswise, the outline of the front and back resembling that of a pointed arch.
the office or rank of a bishop; bishopric.
Judaism. the official headdress of the ancient high priest, bearing on the front a gold plate engraved with the words Holiness to the Lord. Ex. 28:36–38.
a fillet worn by women of ancient Greece.
Carpentry. an oblique surface formed on a piece of wood or the like so as to butt against an oblique surface on another piece to be joined with it.
Nautical. the inclined seam connecting the two cloths of an angulated sail.
verb (used with object)
to bestow a miter upon, or raise to a rank entitled to it.
to join with a miter joint.
to cut to a miter.
to join (two edges of fabric) at a corner by various methods of folding, cutting, and stitching.
Also, especially British, mitre.
1350-1400; Middle English mitre (noun) < Latin mitra < Greek mítra turban, headdress Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mitered
  • First, the heat-treated poles are measured, cut and mitered together.
  • Dozens of mitered bishops in white and five cardinals with their distinctive red capes stood behind the altar.
  • Use a protractor to draw the angled tops and the mitered midpoint of the folded and half-and-half roofs.
  • Connections may be standard fittings designed for welding, or coped or mitered pipe with full welds.
  • The frame corners are mitered and welded construction.
  • Connections maybe standard fittings designed for welding, or coped or mitered pipe with full welds.
  • Hollow metal work shall be carefully mitered and welded together with reinforcements as required.
  • The core construction shall include step-lap mitered joints to keep core losses, excitation current and noise level to a minimum.
  • The frame corners are mitered and thermally welded construction.
  • At corners where rigid furring channels are positioned horizontally, provide mitered joints in furring channels.
British Dictionary definitions for mitered


noun, verb
the usual US spelling of mitre
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Word Origin and History for mitered



alternative spelling of mitre (see -re).

in the carpentry sense of "joint at a 45 degree angle," 1670s, perhaps from mitre, via notion of joining of the two peaks of the folded cap. As a verb from 1731.

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Encyclopedia Article for mitered


liturgical headdress worn by Roman Catholic bishops and abbots and some Anglican and Lutheran bishops. It has two shield-shaped stiffened halves that face the front and back. Two fringed streamers, known as lappets, hang from the back. It developed from the papal tiara and came into use in the 11th century.

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