mere

Definitions

  • Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery
    Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mere being nothing more than specified "a mere child"
    • adj mere apart from anything else; without additions or modifications "only the bare facts","shocked by the mere idea","the simple passage of time was enough","the simple truth"
    • n mere a small pond of standing water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1964, University of Oregon grad student Carolyn Davidson designed what became known as the Nike “swoosh” for a mere $35. She did it four years after Phil Knight and track coach Bill Bowerman founded the company they originally called Blue Ribbon Sports.
    • n Mere A boundary.
    • n Mere A mare.
    • n Mere mēr A pool or lake.
    • Mere Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form. "From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation."
    • v. t Mere mēr To divide, limit, or bound. "Which meared her rule with Africa."
    • Mere Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified. "Then entered they the mere , main sea.""The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
    • n mere A pool; a small lake. or pond.
    • n mere A boundary; boundary-line.
    • n mere A balk or furrow serving as a boundary- or dividing-line in a common field; also, a boundary-stone; a merestone.
    • n mere A private carriage-road.
    • n mere A measure of 29 or 31 yards in the Peak of Derbyshire in England. It is defined by Blount as “29 yards in the low Peak of Derbyshire and 31 in the high.” Mining claims were measured by meres, the discoverer of a lode being allowed to claim two mcres.
    • mere To limit; bound; divide or cause division in.
    • mere To set divisions and bounds.
    • mere Pure; sheer; unmixed.
    • mere Absolute; unqualified; utter; whole; in the fullest sense.
    • mere Sheer; simple; nothing but (the thing mentioned); only: as, it is mere folly to do so; this is the merest trash.
    • mere Absolutely; wholly.
    • mere Famous.
    • n mere A Middle English form of mare.
    • n mere In the reticulum or supporting skeleton of the extinct silicious sponges of the family Dictyospongidæ, one of the divisions or meshes produced by the intersection of the primary vertical and horizontal spicular bundles. It is subdivided by the spicules of. subordinate rank into lesser areas or quadrangles—dimeres, tetrameres, hexameres.
    • n mere A Maori war-club; a casse-tête, or war-ax, from 12 to 18 inches in length, made of any suitable hard material, as stone, hard wood, or whalebone. Outside of New Zealand the word is only known as the name of a little trinket of greenstone made in imitation of the New Zealand weapon in miniature, mounted in gold or silver, and used as a brooch, locket, ear-ring, or other article of jewelry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: What we call the sky is merely the limit of our vision into the atmosphere. The sky, like the horizon, is always as far away as one can see.
    • n Mere mēr a pool or lake
    • Mere Also Meer
    • adj Mere mēr unmixed: pure: only this and nothing else: alone: absolute
    • n Mere mēr a boundary
    • v.t Mere to limit or bound
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “For 'Tis not in mere death that men die most.”
  • Jerry Garcia
    Jerry Garcia
    “You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy.”
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    “I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.”
  • Hubbell
    Hubbell
    “Some people grow under responsibility, others merely swell.”
  • Charles W. Chesnutt
    Charles W. Chesnutt
    “Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also meer, and mear,

Usage

In literature:

The printing on this page would be to a dog or to a baby merely a blur.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
In fact, as far as I know, mere depression never does come from mere age.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
You merely wished to alarm me.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Certainly we cannot settle it by mere statistics.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
Let us prefer true terms to merely nice ones.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Theology at present has merely an ancient and provisional philosophic form.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
But that's merely his want of tact.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The real leaders of modern Pan-Islamism either gave Abdul Hamid a merely qualified allegiance or were, like El Sennussi, definitely hostile.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
It is "merely" thoughts and ideas.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
Thenceforward we become merely sharers in the common woe.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Now they became mere remnants.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It was soft and abundant, brushed back from her face, and drawn merely over the tips of the ears.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Never again, she told herself, would she travel alone with merely a fifteen-year-old kid for her sole companion.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
When it was against mere reason, matters occasionally complicated themselves in his mind.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
It is a mere headlong, helpless literary rush from beginning to end.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Do you think it possible that heat may be merely a modification of light?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Then he realized it was merely a fashion of speaking, and he approached, one pudgy fist uplifted.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
And as knowledge is not mere right opinion, neither is virtue mere right action.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Is there a truly spiritual coherence between them, or merely a genealogical sequence?
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
She had merely watched.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
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In poetry:

I hear thy solemn anthem fall,
O richest song, upon my ear,
That clothes thee in thy golden pall,
As this wide sun flows on the mere.
"Memory" by William Ellery Channing
Came snow on garden spot,
Came snow on mere and wold,
Came the withering breath of white robed death,
And the once warm earth was cold.
"Armenian Folk-Song--The Stork" by Eugene Field
Faith and repentance may be taught,
And yet no gospel-tidings brought;
If as mere duties these we press,
And not as parts of promis'd bliss.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
It is not fit that man should spend
His strength of frame, his length of years,
In toiling for that daily end,
Mere bread, oft wet with tears.
"Not Bread Alone" by John Critchley Prince
Faith, ne'er so very low was known,
To a mere sceleton she's gone;
In places, once for saints renown'd,
There's scarce a Christian to be found.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
And on them stirs, in lippings mere
(As if once clear in call,
But now scarce breathed at all)—
"We wonder, ever wonder, why we find us here!
"Nature's Questioning" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Various people are wondering why not, and now there's even a poll that shows him with a mere one-point lead in California.
TO get the most for his money (a mere $2,700) Paul Prejza, a graphic designer who lives in Hollywood Hills, Calif, put tile in his powder room where it was most needed aesthetically and functionally -- around the sink, left.
Although it may feel like Lake Barkley State Resort Park has been a part of the county since the beginning of time, it was only an idea a mere 40 years ago.
My wedding is a mere 6 weeks away.
Gurney 's new comedy, "Heresy," is jailed for arguing that the mere.
The White House's new budget is far worse than merely bad.
But the young man who was a great player back home is merely promising in the States.
When President Obama remarked on what seems to be Romney's "tendency to shoot first and aim later," he was merely stating the obvious.
Thanks to a lawsuit brought by Playboy, Welles has become famous for much more than merely shedding her clothes for photographers.
For years, the mere idea of macabre horror stories made TV executives squeamish.
Hannah Storm merely had to ask the question and then sit back and listen.
The next he was merely a spectator.
Takeoff roll on the 100 hp Kitfox is a mere 320 feet, and stall speed is a slow 37 knots.
On a side road in the Springs (a world away from today's East Hampton, though a mere seven miles distant), there is a shingled, two-story farmhouse, built in the 1880's, that was designated last year as a National Historic Landmark.
Despite adding a mere jobs 115,000 in April, the nation's unemployment rate further receded to 8.1 percent.
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In science:

The △4 -operator is to be regarded as a scalar quaternion, hence the multiplication in (23) merely applies it to each component ψk of ψ — see (2.10).
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
We do not review any of the derivations or the motivations of the model here, but merely recall its definition.
A finiteness proof for the Lorentzian state sum spinfoam model for quantum general relativity
For example, locality uses Minkowski metrics, and unitarity - the mere existence of classical time.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
The mere possibility of such substitution may depend on some neighborhood of the vertex.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
It has been shown by Choquet-Bruhat that they are well-posed in Gevrey spaces, but the corresponding question for functions which are merely smooth, or belong to a Sobolev space, is open.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
This suggests that a conditional isn’t merely an experiment with three possible outcomes.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
However, Bohm in 1952 proposed his subquantum realistic theory which is now often called Bohmian quantum mechanics (BQM), with a more detailed description than SQM, so that it deals directly with the properties of quantum ob jects rather than with merely statistical results.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
The point of introducing the shift is merely to simplify the indices. G p is nonzero in the range n + 1 − d ≤ p ≤ n + 1 − M .
On equations defining coincident root loci
Thus χ(R) is merely the formal character of R.
On equations defining coincident root loci
It merely provides squares on which one can put cubes.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Assuming that the structural units have unit length, they merely represent directions ˆx ∈ S2 .
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
From the fitted values of z, γ0 and θ, we conclude that at that time the CBs are a mere x = 0.46 pc away from the progenitor star.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
The most naive assumption consists in cutting the curve (1) at a certain maximum value αs (0) = ¯αs to be treated as a mere phenomenological parameter (truncation prescription).
Infrared behavior of the running coupling constant and bound states in QCD
One might be interested not merely in the probabilities of the individual perceptions pi , but also in various sets of them, say S .
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
Type dependency merely means that a generic strategy admits different behaviours for different sorts.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
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