• 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

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