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member

[mem-ber] /ˈmɛm bər/
noun
1.
a person, animal, plant, group, etc., that is part of a society, party, community, taxon, or other body.
2.
Government.
  1. a member of Congress, especially of the House of Representatives.
  2. a member of the British Parliament, especially of the House of Commons.
  3. any member of a legislative body.
3.
a part or organ of an animal body; a limb, as a leg, arm, or wing.
4.
Botany. a structural entity of a plant body.
5.
the penis.
6.
a constituent part of any structural or composite whole, as a subordinate architectural feature of a building.
7.
Mathematics.
  1. either side of an equation.
  2. an element of a set.
8.
Geology. a stratigraphic unit recognized within a formation, and mapped as such.
adjective
9.
being a member of or having membership in an association, organization, etc.:
member countries of the United Nations.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English membre < Old French < Latin membrum
Related forms
memberless, adjective
submember, noun
Synonyms
6. element, portion.
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British Dictionary definitions for submember

member

/ˈmɛmbə/
noun
1.
a person who belongs to a club, political party, etc
2.
any individual plant or animal in a taxonomic group a member of the species
3.
any part of an animal body, such as a limb
4.
another word for penis
5.
any part of a plant, such as a petal, root, etc
6.
(maths) any individual object belonging to a set or logical class
7.
a distinct part of a whole, such as a proposition in a syllogism
8.
a component part of a building or construction
Derived Forms
memberless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin membrum limb, part

Member

/ˈmɛmbə/
noun (sometimes not capital)
1.
2.
short for Member of Congress
3.
a member of some other legislative body
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Word Origin and History for submember
member
early 13c., from O.Fr. membre (11c.), from L. membrum "limb, member of the body, part," ptobably from PIE *mems-ro (cf. Goth. mimz "flesh"). Specific sense of "penis" is first recorded mid-14c., from L. membrum virile. In English, "member of the body" is the original sense; that of "person belonging to a group" is first attested early 14c., from notion of "constituent part of a complex structure." Meaning "one who has been elected to parliament" is from mid-15c.
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submember in Medicine

member mem·ber (měm'bər)
n.

  1. A distinct part of a whole.

  2. A part or an organ of a human or animal body, especially a limb.

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submember in Science
member
  (měm'bər)   
  1. Mathematics

  2. A quantity that belongs to a set.

  3. The expression on either side of an equal sign.


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Slang definitions & phrases for submember

member

noun
  1. A fellow black person; brother, sister (1958+ Black)
  2. The penis (1356+)

[second sense a euphemism for the even more euphemistic membrum virile]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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