An example of meander is to stroll around a library with no set purpose or direction in mind.
- [pl.] windings or convolutions, as of a stream
- an ornamental pattern of winding or crisscrossing lines
- an aimless wandering; rambling
Origin of meanderClassical Latin maeander from Classical Greek maiandros from Maiandros, the Maeander River (noted for its winding course)
- to take a winding or tortuous course: said of a stream
- to wander aimlessly or idly; ramble
intransitive verbme·an·dered, me·an·der·ing, me·an·ders
- To follow a winding and turning course: Streams tend to meander through level land.
- To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction: vagabonds meandering through life. See Synonyms at wander.
- To speak or write in sustained fashion on a number of loosely connected topics.
- To be directed in various directions or at multiple objects: His gaze meandered over the church's façade.
- often meanders A bend, turn, or winding, as of a stream or path.
- A portion, side trip, or episode in a longer journey.
- A passage on a subtopic or digression in a longer piece of discourse.
- An ornamental pattern of winding or intertwining lines, used in art and architecture.
Origin of meanderFrom Latin maeander circuitous windings from Greek maiandros after Maiandros , the Maeander River in Phrygia, noted for its windings
(third-person singular simple present meanders, present participle meandering, simple past and past participle meandered)