• WordNet 3.6
    • adj meagre deficient in amount or quality or extent "meager resources","meager fare"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Meagre (Zoöl) A large European sciænoid fish (Sciæna umbra or Sciæna aquila), having white bloodless flesh. It is valued as a food fish.
    • Meagre Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean. "Meager were his looks;
      Sharp misery had worn him to the bones."
    • Meagre Destitute of richness, fertility, strength, or the like; defective in quantity, or poor in quality; poor; barren; scanty in ideas; wanting strength of diction or affluence of imagery; as, meager resources; meager fare. Opposite of ample. "Meager soil.""Of secular habits and meager religious belief.""His education had been but meager ."
    • Meagre (Min) Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk.
    • Meagre less than a desirable amount; -- of items distributed from a larger supply.
    • v. t Meagre To make lean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Meagre mē′gėr having little flesh: lean: poor: without richness or fertility: barren: scanty: without strength
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. merge, F. maigre, L. macer,; akin to D. & G. mager, Icel. magr, and prob. to Gr. makro`s long. Cf. Emaciate Maigre
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. maigre—L. macer, lean; cf. Ger. mager.


In literature:

She was the most meagre craft, in the way of outfit, I ever put to sea in.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
Commend me to a fresh-water dish for meagre days!
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
That night the meagre supper was more meagre still that the "horses" might have something, too.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Here of old the monk read aloud while his brethren took their meagre repast.
"England of My Heart--Spring" by Edward Hutton
Red Cross history would fill a big volume, no matter how meagrely told.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
The income derived from this source was, however, but a meagre one.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
During the seven years comprised in this chapter, the materials which exist for delineating John and Martha Yeardley's history are meagre.
"Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel" by John Yeardley
The history of the northern kingdom which has come down to us is very meagre.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume II" by John Lord
Just as soon as it was safe for him to leave the house, he flew to Mercy; but, oh, how meagre and pitiful did the few moments seem!
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
The original Roman authorities which have come down to us are meagre and few.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
Polly wanted to call him back, but his meagre person was no longer visible through the glass door.
"The Old Man in the Corner" by Baroness Orczy
A house of meagre looks and ill smells, for lice, drink, and tobacco are the compound.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
A meagre breakfast followed; and then Mr. Squeers made his way to his desk, and called up the first class.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol III" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
The materials for the history of Sulu are meagre, and great doubt seems to exist in some periods of it.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
They get shabby and meagre foliaged if exposed to cold winds.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
Mr. Wilks opened his eyes sharply and beheld the meagre figure of Mrs.
"At Sunwich Port, Part 3." by W.W. Jacobs
Mr. Wilks opened his eyes sharply and beheld the meagre figure of Mrs.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
Most unfortunately very meagre sources of information are open to us.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
Unfortunately our knowledge of Sargon's reign is of meagre character.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
I shall recur to this question of south Indian Buddhism in treating of Burma, but the data now available are very meagre.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot

In poetry:

I saw no crippled forms nor meagre,
None smitten by disease:
Only the old, nor loth nor eager,
Dying by sweet degrees.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
``And meagre though may be the meal
That decks the simple board you see,
At least, my son, we never feel
The hunger of satiety.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
One little moment, short as blest,
Compassion Love's soft semblance wore;
My meagre form he fondly pressed,
And on his beating bosom bore.
"Secret Love" by Amelia Opie
However meagre be my worldly wealth,
Let me give something that shall aid my kind,
A word of courage, or a thought of health,
Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.
"Morning Prayer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ye sons of Wealth! protect the Muses' train;
From winds protect them, and with food supply:
Ah! helpless they, to ward the threaten'd pain,
The meagre famine, and the wintry sky!
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
But you, secure, shall pour your sad complaint,
Nor dread the meagre phantom's wan array;
What none but Fear's officious hand can paint,
What none, but Superstition's eye, survey.
"Elegy IV. Ophilia's Urn. To Mr. Graves" by William Shenstone

In news:

The Meagre Tarmac by Clark Blaise Biblioasis, 178 pp.
The Meagre Tarmac is the latest work of fiction by veteran story writer, novelist, and essayist Clark Blaise.
That reversed the meagre gains of timid land-reform efforts in the past.
The major-league dreamers in Winnipeg Goldeyes uniforms endure long, hot bus trips and meagre paycheques to keep faint hope alive that they'll eventually get a chance to play ball in The Show.

In science:

Gδ is residual ; the complement of a residual set is meagre or first category (any set which isn’t first category is second category, but this doesn’t imply residuality).
Genericity in Topological Dynamics
Equivalently, it is Baire measurable if it can be written as U ∆M where U is open and M meagre.
Genericity in Topological Dynamics
By the Baire Category Theorem, a meagre set cannot contain an interval.
Random Stopping Times in Stopping Problems and Stopping Games
The meagre sets form a σ -ideal; that is, a subset of a meagre set is meagre, and the union of countably many meagre sets is meagre. A set is comeagre if its complement is a meagre set.
Random Stopping Times in Stopping Problems and Stopping Games
All meagre and comeagre sets are a σ -algebra. A closed subset of [0, 1] of nonzero Lebesgue measure need not have interior points, that is, can be meagre; the well-known Smith-Volterra-Cantor set, called also fat Cantor set, is an example.
Random Stopping Times in Stopping Problems and Stopping Games
Just why this model works is unclear, and the evidence supporting it is rather meagre; the classic tests are the D/S amplitude ratios in the two decays b1 → ωπ and a1 → ρπ .
QCD Spectroscopy at Gsi: Exotica and Charmonia
QCD does allow us to test our meagre tools for extracting non-perturbative physics from a field theory.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
Resort to anthropic reasoning involves plenty of pain, as I’ve lamented, but so far the gain has been relatively meagre, to say the least.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
It then follows easily that R is meagre in M∞ (X ) × M∞ (X ).
Orbit Equivalence and actions of F_n
In particular, Inn(EG ) has the Baire property, and it follows by Pettis Theorem (cf. ) that either it is meagre, or it contains a neighborhood of the identity.
Orbit Equivalence and actions of F_n
An outline of the proof is as follows: We will first show that F has meagre classes.
Orbit Equivalence and actions of F_n
Then we will use the relative property (T) to make an argument modeled on and , to show that R has countable index over F, and deduce that it is a meagre subset of M∞ (X ) ×M∞ (X ).
Orbit Equivalence and actions of F_n
The equivalence relation F is meagre in M∞ (X ) ×M∞ (X ), and has meagre classes.
Orbit Equivalence and actions of F_n
Hence by 8.41, it is enough to show that each F-class is meagre.
Orbit Equivalence and actions of F_n
But [S ]F ⊆ Inn(ES ), which is meagre by Proposition 2 (i).
Orbit Equivalence and actions of F_n