Meridional distance, the distance or departure from the meridian; the easting or westing.Meridional parts, parts of the meridian in Mercator's projection, corresponding to each minute of latitude from the equator up to 70 or 80 degrees; tabulated numbers representing these parts used in projecting charts, and in solving cases in Mercator's sailing.

(Me*rid`i*o*nal"i*ty) n.

1. The state of being in the meridian.

2. Position in the south; aspect toward the south.

(Me*rid"i*o*nal*ly) adv. In the direction of the meridian.

(Mer"ils) n. [F. mérelle, marelle, marelles, LL. marella, marrella. Cf. Morris the game.] A boy's play, called also fivepenny morris. See Morris.

(||Me`ringue") (F. me`raN"g'; E. me*rang"), n. [F.] A delicate pastry made of powdered sugar and the whites of eggs whipped up, — with jam or cream added.

(Me*ri"no) a. [Sp. merino moving from pasture to pasture, fr. merino a royal judge and superintendent or inspector of sheep walks, LL. merinus, fr. majorinus, i. e., major vill fr. L. major greater. See Major. Merino sheep are driven at certain seasons from one part of Spain to another, in large flocks, for pasturage.]

1. Of or pertaining to a variety of sheep with very fine wool, originally bred in Spain.

2. Made of the wool of the merino sheep.

(Me*ri"no), n.; pl. Merinos [Sp.]

1. (Zoöl.) A breed of sheep originally from Spain, noted for the fineness of its wool.

2. A fine fabric of merino wool.

(Mer`is*mat"ic) a. [Gr. division, fr. part.] (Biol.) Dividing into cells or segments; characterized by separation into two or more parts or sections by the formation of internal partitions; as, merismatic growth, where one cell divides into many.

(Mer"i*stem) n. (Bot.) A tissue of growing cells, or cells capable of further division.

(Mer"it) n. [F. mérite, L. meritum, fr. merere, mereri, to deserve, merit; prob. originally, to get a share; akin to Gr. part, fate, doom, to receive as one's portion. Cf. Market, Merchant, Mercer, Mercy.]

1. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.

Here may men see how sin hath his merit.

Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
For things that others do; and when we fall,
We answer other's merits in our name.

1. Of or pertaining to the meridian.

2. Having a southern aspect; southern; southerly.

Offices that require heat . . . should be meridional.
Sir H. Wotton.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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