Meridian meaning

mə-rĭdē-ən
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Of or at the highest point of prosperity, splendor, power, etc.
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The highest point or stage of development; peak.
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A meridian is defined as a large imaginary circle that passes through two poles, particularly on a globe, or the highest stage of development.

An example of a meridian is the Prime Meridian.

An example of a meridian is the height of a civilization.

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Any of the longitudinal lines or pathways on the body along which the acupuncture points are distributed.
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A great circle passing through the celestial poles, the observer's zenith and nadir, and the horizon's north and south points.
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The definition of meridian is at midday or the greatest or highest point.

An example of meridian used as an adjective is in the phrase a "meridian activity" which means something that is done at noon.

An example of meridian used as an adjective is in the phrase a "meridian accomplishment" which means the best accomplishment.

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Of or at midday.

The meridian hour.

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(archaic) The highest apparent point reached by a celestial body in its course.
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An imaginary line forming a great circle that passes through the Earth's North and South geographic poles.
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Of or passing through the highest point in the daily course of any celestial body.
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Of or along a meridian.
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(rare) Southern.
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(obs.) Noon.
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(archaic) Distinctive character as of a particular place.
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Either half of such a circle from pole to pole. All the places on the same meridian have the same longitude.
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(mathematics) A similar line on any general surface of revolution.
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The highest point or state of consciousness and enlightenment achievable by a human.
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Relating to noon.
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An unincorporated community in Florida.
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(astronomy) A great circle passing through the two poles of the celestial sphere and the zenith of a given observer.
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A city of eastern Mississippi near the Alabama border east of Jackson. A confederate base during the Civil War, it developed as a railroad junction.
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An imaginary great circle on the Earth's surface, passing through the geographic poles.
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Either half of such a great circle, all points of which have the same longitude.
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(astronomy) A great circle passing through the poles of the celestial sphere and the zenith for a particular observer.
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(alternative medicine) Any of the pathways on the body along which the vital energy is thought to flow and, therefore, the acupoints are distributed.
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Meridional; relating to a meridian.
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Relating to the highest point or culmination.

Meridian splendour.

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A city in Idaho.
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A city in Mississippi.
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A village in New York.
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A town in Logan County, Oklahoma.
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A CDP in Stephens County, Oklahoma.
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A city in Texas.
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Of or relating to a meridian; meridional.
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Of, relating to, or constituting the highest point, as of development or power.

The empire in its meridian period.

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Of or at noon.
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Origin of meridian

  • Middle English from Old French midday from Latin merīdiānus of midday from merīdiēs midday from merīdiē at midday alteration of earlier medīdiē from mediei diē mediei dative (locative) of medius middle medhyo- in Indo-European roots diē dative of diēs day dyeu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin meridianus (“of or belonging to midday or to the south, southern"), from meridies (“midday, the south"), originally *medidies, from medius (“middle") + diÄ“s (“day").

    From Wiktionary