Meandering



[mee-an-der] /miˈæn dər/

verb (used without object)
1.
to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course:
The stream meandered through the valley.
2.
to wander aimlessly; ramble:
The talk meandered on.
verb (used with object)
3.
Surveying. to define the margin of (a body of water) with a .
noun
4.
Usually, meanders. turnings or windings; a winding path or course.
5.
a circuitous movement or journey.
6.
an intricate variety of fret or fretwork.
/mɪˈændə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to follow a winding course
2.
to wander without definite aim or direction
noun
3.
(often pl) a curve or bend, as in a river
4.
(often pl) a winding course or movement
5.
an ornamental pattern, esp as used in ancient Greek architecture
/miːˈændə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Maeander
n.

1570s, “confusion, intricacies,” from Latin meander “a winding course,” from Greek Maiandros, name of a river in Caria noted for its winding course (the Greeks used the name figuratively for winding patterns). In reference to river courses, in English, from 1590s. Adjectival forms are meandrine (1846); meandrous (1650s).
v.

“flow in a winding course” (of rivers), 1610s, from meander (n.). Of a person, “to wander aimlessly” (1831), originally of persons traveling on a river (1821), perhaps influenced by confusion with maunder [OED]. Related: Meandered; meandering.
meander
(mē-ān’dər)
A sinuous curve, bend, or loop along the course of a stream or river.

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