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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

n.

late 13c., "sex organ" (cf. Latin membrum virile, but in English originally of women as well as men), also, "body part or organ" (in plural, "the body"), from Old French membre "part, portion; topic, subject; limb, member of the body; member" (of a group, etc.)," 11c., from Latin membrum "limb, member of the body, part," probably from PIE *mems-ro, from root *mems- "flesh, meat" (cf. Sanskrit mamsam "flesh;" Greek meninx "membrane," meros "thigh" (the "fleshy part"); Gothic mimz "flesh"). In English, sense 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 early 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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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