Mere (?), n. [Written also mar.] [OE. mere, AS. mere mere, sea; akin to D. meer lake, OS. meri sea, OHG. meri, mari, G. meer, Icel. marr, Goth. marei, Russ. more, W. mor, Ir. & Gael. muir, L. mare, and perh. to L. mori to die, and meaning originally, that which is dead, a waste. Cf. Mortal, Marine, Marsh, Mermaid, Moor.]

A pool or lake.

Drayton. Tennyson.

 

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Mere, n. [Written also meer and mear.] [AS. gem&aemac;re. &root;269.]

A boundary.

Bacon.

 

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Mere (?), v. t.

To divide, limit, or bound.

[Obs.]

Which meared her rule with Africa. Spenser.

 

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Mere, n.

A mare.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

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Mere (?), a. [Superl. Merest. The comparative is rarely or never used.] [L. merus.]

1.

Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.

Then entered they the mere, main sea. Chapman.

The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed. Jer. Taylor.

2.

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. Atterbury.

 

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