• WordNet 3.6
    • adj meridian being at the best stage of development "our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning"
    • adj meridian of or happening at noon "meridian hour"
    • n meridian an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator "all points on the same meridian have the same longitude"
    • n Meridian a town in eastern Mississippi
    • n meridian the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty","the artist's gifts are at their acme","at the height of her career","the peak of perfection","summer was at its peak","...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame","the summit of his ambition","so many highest superlatives achieved by man","at the top of his profession"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The King and Queen of the Gypsies are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian.
    • Meridian (Astron) A great circle of the sphere passing through the poles of the heavens and the zenith of a given place. It is crossed by the sun at midday.
    • Meridian (Geog) A great circle on the surface of the earth, passing through the poles and any given place; also, the half of such a circle included between the poles. "All other knowledge merely serves the concerns of this life, and is fitted to the meridian there of ."
    • Meridian Being at, or pertaining to, midday; belonging to, or passing through, the highest point attained by the sun in his diurnal course. "Meridian hour.""Tables . . . to find the altitude meridian ."
    • Meridian Hence: The highest point, as of success, prosperity, or the like; culmination. "I have touched the highest point of all my greatness,
      And from that full meridian of my glory
      I haste now to my setting."
    • Meridian Midday; noon.
    • Meridian Pertaining to the highest point or culmination; as, meridian splendor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • meridian Of or pertaining to midday or noon; noonday: as, the meridian sun; the sun's meridian heat or splendor.
    • meridian Pertaining to the culmination or highest point or degree (the sun being highest at midday); culminating; highest before a decline: as, Athens reached its meridian glory in the age of Pericles.
    • meridian Pertaining to or marking a geographical north and south line; extending in the are of a great circle passing through the poles: as, a meridian circle on an artificial globe.
    • meridian Noting the eighth of Professor H. Rogers's twelve divisions of the Paleozoic series in the Appalachian chain of North America, the names of which suggest metaphorically the different natural periods of the day: it corresponds with the Oriskany sandstone (which see, under sandstone).
    • meridian Consummate; complete.
    • n meridian Midday; noon.
    • n meridian Midday repose or indulgence; nooning: used specifically as in the quotations.
    • n meridian The highest point reached before a decline; the culmination; the point of greatest increment or development.
    • n meridian A great circle of a sphere passing through the poles, or the half of such a circle included between the poles; in geography, such a circle drawn upon the earth; in astronomy, such a circle on the celestial sphere. The meridian of a place on the earth's surface is the great circle passing through it and the poles, or the great circle of the celestial sphere passing through the pole and the zenith of the place. See longitude.
    • n meridian Figuratively, the state or condition (in any respect) of the people of one place or region, or of persons in one sphere or plane of existence, as compared with those of or in another: as, the institutions or customs of Asia are not suited to the meridian of Europe.
    • n meridian In ctenophorans, a Costa or meridional row of swimming-plates.
    • n meridian The meridian from which the meridians bounding townships are measured.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Meridian me-rid′i-an pertaining to midday: being on the meridian or at midday: raised to the highest point
    • n Meridian midday: a midday dram: the highest point, as of success: an imaginary circle on the earth's surface passing through the poles and any given place:
    • n Meridian (astron.) an imaginary circle, passing through the poles of the heavens, and the zenith of the spectator, which the sun crosses at midday
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  • William Shakespeare
    “I have touched the highest point of all my greatness, and from that full meridian of my glory I haste now to my setting.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. méridien, L. meridianus, pertaining to noon, fr. meridies, noon, midday, for older medidies,; medius, mid, middle + dies, day. See Mid, and Diurnal


In literature:

The latitude may be depended upon, as the bearing was observed when the sun was on the meridian.
"The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay" by Arthur Phillip
So one can always find the meridian.
"On Commando" by Dietlof Van Warmelo
His excellent personation of old men acquired for him, before he had reached the meridian of life, the title of 'Old Jefferson.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
From this it extends between the meridians of longitude 96 deg.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
SPANAWAY, EATONVILLE, ALDERTON, ELBE, MERIDIAN, KAPOWSIN, and MCMILLAN are villages in the interior, on the railroads.
"A Review of the Resources and Industries of the State of Washington, 1909" by Ithamar Howell
On the other hand while 'meridian' and 'quartan' are French, 'publican', 'veteran', and 'oppidan' are Latin.
"Society for Pure English Tract 4" by John Sargeaunt
With respect to the Cape Promontory it lies about three miles east of the meridian of Simon's Town.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
The one had passed its meridian and was swiftly declining.
"The Great Round World And What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 22, April 8, 1897" by Various
And it was that hour of the day, O lord, when the sun was on the other side (of the meridian).
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
But were they both under the same Meridian, it would be much better.
"Micrographia" by Robert Hooke
Every degree by meridians is equal to four minutes of clock-time.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
When he resumed his occupation the sun had considerably declined from the meridian.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
Map of Constellations on the Meridian in December 69.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
Harris, 1421 31st Avenue, Meridian.
"The American Missionary -- Vol. 48, No. 10, October, 1894" by Various
This island lies in latitude 3 degrees 4 minutes south; and the meridian distance from Babao, 500 and 12 miles east.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
The meridian of some has been the most splendid.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
On looking long on the meridian sun, the disk fades into a pale blue surrounded with a whitish halo.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
The sun at length shone in his full meridian splendour, and the ocean sparkled as we cut through its emerald waves.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The piers for the Meridian Circle and Transit have, after careful investigation, been procured from the Lockport quarries.
"The Uses of Astronomy" by Edward Everett
Before leaving last camp I made an observation of the sun and found its meridian altitude 86 degrees 3 minutes.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough

In poetry:

Lost is that country, and all-but forgotten
Mid these chill breezes, yet still, oh, believe me,
All her meridian suns and ardent summers
Burn in my bosom.
"Myvanwy" by Manmohan Ghose
Far off on that sea there lies,
North of the Heights of Lauderdale,
Meridian, 'neath a haze of skies,
And seems, upon that distant vale,
Fleet like, anchored on the deep.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
"But sure no chamber-damsel can compare,
When in meridian lustre shines my fair,
When warm'd with dinner's toil, in pearly rills,
Adown her goodly cheeks the sweat distils.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
From dazzling deluges of snow,
From summer noon's meridian glow,
We turn our aching eye,
To nature's robe of vernal green,
To the blue curtain all serene,
Of an autumnal sky.
"Ode to Women" by John Logan
Mind not gay ornaments, nor vestments fine,
In paradise their garments all are white,
Thy own shall there with dazzling lustre shine,
Than the meridian sun itself more bright.
"Another Conference Between The Devout Sick Man, And His Soul" by Rees Prichard
Then close again the seam,
Which thou hast open'd; do not spread thy robe
In hope of great things. Call to mind thy dream,
An earthly globe,
On whose meridian was engraven,
These seas are tears, and heav'n the haven.
"The Size" by George Herbert

In news:

The parade begins today at 5 pm in downtown Meridian.
WTOK-TV, the dominant ABC affiliate, MyTOK2 and Meridian's CW stations are seeking a Sales Account Executive who is a team player to join our local sales team.
With the recent spike in crime, many Meridian residents and people thinking about coming to the city have been on edge for their own personal safety especially with the holiday season approaching.
Others, gathering for family vacations, travel vast distances over meridian and parallel to capture a glimpse of Mount Rainier's most profligate expression – its wildflowers.
"The Hostess shutdown isn't going to have any affect on the Meridian Public School District," said Elizabeth MacDonald, spokesperson for the district.
MERIDIAN — Services for Nan Aiken will be held Friday, at 2 pm, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Pastor Will Labrenz officiating.
Sen Roger Wicker is asking Silver Airways and Delta Air Lines to speed up linking their computer systems to allow customers using the Delta website to book travel to Tupelo, Greenville, Meridian and Hattiesburg.
Meridian Manufacturing Group- Alberta .
A huge crowd came out to Meridian's Best Buy to meet a nationally known rapper who is from right here in the Queen City.
Meridian Pint will have six beers from California star The Bruery, all for $6.
Homecoming for Meridian High School is less than two months away.
Artist Jewlia Eisenberg in her installation "Teraphim" at the Meridian Gallery, which includes a video of her "reading" a liver.
Courtesy Meridian Gallery / SF.
Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry is proposing an animal control advisory board be re-established to oversee the issue in Meridian and Lauderdale County.
Meridian's Central United Methodist Church Celebrates Big Anniversary .

In science:

If one takes the north pole p(θ = 0, φ = 0), the curve ψt (p) is the path obtained as product of the paths defined by the meridians φ = π/2 and φ = 3π/2.
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
Let us fix an orientation on the meridian of ∂M consistent with the orientation of the fibre.
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
The commutator, [a, b] = aba−1 b−1 is peripheral in T, and so represents a meridian of ∂M .
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
Let T be a torus boundary component which is filled so that the boundary of a meridian disk maps to a loop α ⊂ T .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
The loop l1 defines a meridian curve on a component of K .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Let c1 (M , M (cid:48) ) be the minimum number of components of a link K ⊂ M such that M (cid:48) is the result of a surgery in which a meridian of each component is replaced by a loop which intersects the meridian once.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Note that H ∼= Zℓ is generated by the meridians {µi}ℓ i=1 for the components Ki of L.
Holomorphic disks and link invariants
Indeed, we can construct ~v in such a manner that the difference ~v − f ∗ (~v) is the Poincar´e dual of a meridian for γ , thought of as an element of H1(N (γ ) − P ).
Holomorphic disks and link invariants
This gives the nowhere vanishing vector field ~v , with a closed orbit which coincides with an oriented meridian for γ ⊂ P .
Holomorphic disks and link invariants
PD[µi ], where here µi is the meridian for the ith component of L, with its induced orientation from the orientation of L.
Holomorphic disks and link invariants
The framing µL coming from lemma 3 is µ−m, where m is the meridian.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations
It is crucial in the proof of Lemma 5.5 that a solid torus has a unique meridian, whereas of course higher genus handlebodies have in finitely many meridians.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
Consider then the result of 0-framed surgery on k in the manifold S3 − N : P can be capped off to give a sphere which is non-separating in the new manifold, since a meridian of h(k) intersects P in an odd number of points.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
If T bounds a solid torus in X1 then we may as well have used the meridian of that torus for D1 and invoked the inductive hypothesis.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
After perhaps a torus unknotting, T bounds a solid torus in X1 as well, and again we could replace D1 by a meridian of that torus and invoke the inductive hypothesis.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture