1. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
Ulysses was to force forth his access,Chapman.
Though merely naked.
2. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
Prize not your life for other endsSwift.
Than merely to oblige your friends.
Syn. Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely.
(||Me*ren"chy*ma) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a part + -enchyma, as in parenchyma.] (Bot.) Tissue
composed of spheroidal cells.
(Meres"man) n. An officer who ascertains meres or boundaries. [Eng.]
(Mere"stead) n. [Mere boundary + stead place.] The land within the boundaries of a farm; a
farmstead or farm. [Archaic.] Longfellow.
(Mere"stone`) n. A stone designating a limit or boundary; a landmark. Bacon.
(Mer`e*tri"cious) a. [L. meretricius, from meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns
money, i. e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See Merit.]
1. Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic.
2. Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as,
meretricious dress or ornaments.
Mer`e*tri"cious*ly, adv. Mer`e*tri"cious*ness, n.
(Mer*gan"ser) n. [Sp. mergánsar, fr. mergo a diver (L. mergus, fr. mergere to dip, dive)
+ ánsar goose, L. anser.] (Zoöl.) Any bird of the genus Merganser, and allied genera. They are allied
to the ducks, but have a sharply serrated bill.
The red-breasted merganser (Merganser serrator) inhabits both hemispheres. It is called also sawbill,
harle, and sheldrake. The American merganser (M. Americanus.) and the hooded merganser (Lophodytes
cucullatus) are well-known species. White merganser, the smew or white nun.
(Merge) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Merged (merjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Merging ] [L. mergere, mersum.
Cf. Emerge, Immerse, Marrow.] To cause to be swallowed up; to immerse; to sink; to absorb.
To merge all natural . . . sentiment in inordinate vanity.Burke.
Whig and Tory were merged and swallowed up in the transcendent duties of patriots.De Quincey.
(Merge), v. i. To be sunk, swallowed up, or lost.
Native irresolution had merged in stronger motives.I. Taylor.
1. One who, or that which, merges.
2. (Law) An absorption of one estate, or one contract, in another, or of a minor offense in a greater.