• WordNet 3.6
    • v meander to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course "the river winds through the hills","the path meanders through the vineyards","sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
    • n meander an aimless amble on a winding course
    • n meander a bend or curve, as in a stream or river
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meander A tortuous or intricate movement.
    • Meander A winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of the veins and arteries. "While lingering rivers in meanders glide."
    • Meander (Arch) Fretwork. See Fret.
    • v. i Meander To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate. "Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
      Through wood and dale the sacred river ran."
    • v. t Meander To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n meander A winding course; a winding or turning in a passage; a maze; a labyrinth.
    • n meander An ornament composed of lines, neither representing nor suggesting any definite object, forming right or oblique angles with one another, or even curved with interlacings, etc. The name is used especially for the fret- or key-ornament.
    • n meander A path on which the directions, distances, and elevations are noted, as a part of a survey of a country.
    • meander To wind, turn, or flow round.
    • meander To form into meanders; cause to twist about.
    • meander To proceed by winding and turning; make frequent changes of course; move or flow intricately: as, a meandering river; to meander from point to point in a walk.
    • meander To make a rough survey of a country by going over it, measuring the bearings, distances, and changes of elevation of the path pursued, and noting the positions of neighboring topographical features.
    • n meander In physical geography, a self-developed river-curve suitable to the volume of the stream.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Meander mē-an′dėr a winding course: a maze: an intricate variety of fretwork: perplexity
    • v.i Meander to flow, run, or proceed in a winding course: to be intricate
    • v.t Meander to wind or flow round
    • n Meander a winding course
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”
  • Michael Ondaatje
    Michael Ondaatje
    “The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Maeander, orig., a river in Phrygia, proverbial for its many windings, Gr. : cf. F. méandre,


In literature:

These are rude figures of idols, and meandering lines that have no significance.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
I'll just meander in and prospect a bit.
"The Boys of Crawford's Basin" by Sidford F. Hamp
Here and there a fallen tree had formed a picturesque bridge over the mountain stream which meandered through it.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
At the foot of the cliff the Severn meandered placidly.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
We proceeded up the meadow, following the meanderings of the brook, past numerous bush clumps.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Crossed the meandering stream, Wabash, into Illinois.
"Narrative of Richard Lee Mason in the Pioneer West, 1819" by Richard Lee Mason
The third he spent in meandering disconsolately through the cafes.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The Mississippi meanders its western border for 700 miles.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
In the sandy patches along the banks of the small meandering river, there was not even a footprint.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
A stream was meandering, hidden under deep banks, on our right.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory

In poetry:

Through the Steppes there rolls
Stream on stream to sea,
Wide meandering,
Straying far and free.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
But to sing in joy, and wander,
Following the summer hours,
Drinking where the streams meander,
Feasting with the leaves and flowers.
"Legend Of The Canadian Robin" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
That Source from which, meandering down,
A thousand streamlets circle now;
For then the monarch's glorious crown
But girt the most rapacious brow.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
So swarming bees, that, on a summer's day,
In airy rings and wild meanders play,
Charm'd with the brasen sound, their wanderings end,
And, gently circling, on a bough descend.
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book II" by Edward Young
Or pensive, muses on the water's side,
Which purling doth thro' green meanders glide,
With watchful care he broods his heart away
'Till might is swallowed in the flood of day.
"On The Evening And Morning" by George Moses Horton
'Of sunset? The wild sea and desert meet
Eastward by yon unnavigable strand,
Then wherefore hath the flow of human feet
Left this dry runnel of memorial sand
Meandering thro' the summer of the land?
"A Hero's Grave" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

TILE-SIG Featured Blog: Kevin's Meandering Mind.
To fully experience the beauty of fall, load up and meander along the Spoon River Drive.
Meandering through the mouth-watering pages of "The Flavor Bible.".
Your only hope is to meander like the river itself.
Marcus's novel has a meandering beginning but is a masterful examination of love and endurance.
Five-Year Engagement' takes meandering walk to altar .
'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' meanders, but will please the Tolkien faithful.
30 there was a trailer of nine canoes , several private vehicles with kayak racks on top and about 40 people meandering around laughing and preparing food.
Meander's West Seattle location closing today.
Meander's Kitchen on California Ave SW is closing but the recently opened location will continue.
First, several waves of low pressure are going to be meandering around the central and eastern parts of the US by this weekend.
Since its opening in March, light-rail vehicles have operated at the same meandering pace as elsewhere.
A meandering West Indian manatee has made its way to the Corpus Christi area.
Neil Young is in a nostalgic mood on "Psychedelic Pill," a triumphant if somewhat meandering release with his band, Crazy Horse .
The Chautauqua County Legislature, presently consisting of 25 members, meanders from downsizing to status quo.

In science:

For the graph shown on the left, cyclic-time random meander X B departing from (φ, 0) is illustrated on the right.
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
The tra jectory of the meander from (φ, 0) is divided into three intervals of unit duration, at the end of which, the meander returns to (φ, 0).
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
In this work we therefore study the effect of the turns of a meandering superconducting stripe on the response to a single-photon absorption event.
Spatially-dependent sensitivity of superconducting meanders as single-photon detectors
Counterintuitive to many, we reveal that the current crowding at meandering turns does not facilitate dissipative vortex crossings upon the photon impact.
Spatially-dependent sensitivity of superconducting meanders as single-photon detectors
It is clear from this figure that the photoresponse of the meandering detector is spatial ly dependent with maximal sensitivity away from the turning point.
Spatially-dependent sensitivity of superconducting meanders as single-photon detectors