An example of meander is to stroll around a library with no set purpose or direction in mind.
- 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 (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)