miter definition by Webster's New World
- a headdress; specif.,
- a tall, ornamented cap with peaks in front and back, worn by the pope, bishops, and abbots as a mark of office
- the official headdress of the ancient Jewish high priest
- in ancient Greece, a headband worn by women
- the office or rank of a bishop; bishopric
Origin: Middle English mitre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin mitra ; from Classical Greek a belt, fillet, headband, turban ; from Indo-European an unverified form mitro, a band ; from base an unverified form mei-, to bind, tie
- a kind of joint formed by fitting together two pieces, beveled to a specified angle (usually 45°) to form a corner (usually a right angle)now usually miter joint
- either of the facing surfaces of such a joint
- miter square
Origin: probably ; from miter
- to fit together in a miter joint
- to bevel the ends or edges of to form a miter joint
miter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The liturgical headdress and part of the insignia of a Christian bishop. In the Western church it is a tall pointed hat with peaks in front and back, worn at all solemn functions.
- a. A thong for binding the hair, worn by women in ancient Greece.b. The ceremonial headdress worn by ancient Jewish high priests.
- a. A miter joint.b. The edge of a piece of material that has been beveled preparatory to making a miter joint.c. A miter square.
- To bestow a miter upon.
- a. To make (two pieces or surfaces) join with a miter joint.b. To bevel the edges of for joining with a miter joint.
Origin: Middle English mitre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin mitra, headdress of the Jewish high priest, from Greek.
- miˈter·er noun