Me*an"der (?), n. [L. Maeander, orig., a river in Phrygia, proverbial for its many windings, Gr. : cf. F. m'eandre.]


A winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of the veins and arteries.

Sir M. Hale.

While lingering rivers in meanders glide. Sir R. Blackmore.


A tortuous or intricate movement.

3. Arch.

Fretwork. See Fret.


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Me*an"der, v. t.

To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous.



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Me*an"der, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Meandered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Meandering.]

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. Coleridge.


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