3. (Arch.) Fretwork. See Fret.
(Me*an"der), v. t. To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous. Dryton.
(Me*an"der), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Meandered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Meandering.] To wind or
turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motionColeridge.
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran.
(Me*an"dri*an) a. [L. Maeandrius: cf. F. méandrien.] Winding; having many turns.
(||Me`an*dri"na) n. [NL.: cf. F. méandrine.] (Zoöl.) A genus of corals with meandering grooves
and ridges, including the brain corals.
(Me*an"drous Me*an"dry) a. Winding; flexuous.
1. That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent.
If there be any good meaning towards you.Shak.
2. That which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sense; import; as, the meaning of a hint.
3. Sense; power of thinking. [R.]
Mean"ing*less, a. Mean"ing*ly, adv.
(Mean"ly), adv. [Mean middle.] Moderately. [Obs.]
A man meanly learned himself, but not meanly affectioned to set forward learning in others.Ascham.
(Mean"ly), adv. [From Mean low.] In a mean manner; unworthily; basely; poorly; ungenerously.
While the heaven-born childMilton.
All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies.
Would you meanly thus relyPrior.
On power you know I must obey ?
We can not bear to have others think meanly of them [our kindred].I. Watts.
1. The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess.
This figure is of a later date, by the meanness of the workmanship.Addison.
2. A mean act; as, to be guilty of meanness. Goldsmith.
(Mean"-spir`it*ed) a. Of a mean spirit; base; groveling. Mean"-spir`it*ed*ness, n.
(Meant) imp. & p. p. of Mean.
(Mean"time` Mean"while`) n. The intervening time; as, in the meantime
(Mean"time`, Mean"while`), adv. In the intervening time; during the interval.
(Mear) n. A boundary. See Mere. [Obs.]