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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Definitions for meander

  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.
  3. Surveying. to define the margin of (a body of water) with a meander line.

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Citations for meander
I had forgotten about muggers on our walk down the avenue, but as we meandered over toward Broadway the street got darker and I became acutely conscious of all we had read about them. Larry McMurtry, Somebody's Darling, 1978
The rest of us climbed the cliffs and hills, looked at entrenched meanders, terminal moraines, glacial detritus, relief maps of the Delaware Water Gap, and outcroppings of the Wissahickon Mica Schist. Renata Adler, Speedboat, 1976
Origin of meander
1570-1580
The term meander comes from the Greek Maiandros which is the name of a winding river in Caria. The noun form entered English in the 1500s, and the verb form shortly followed.
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