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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: maeander, from Greek, from Maiandros (now Menderes), river in Turkey

meander

verb
     
me‧an‧der [intransitive]
1 if a river, stream, road etc meanders, it has a lot of bends rather than going in a straight line
meander along/across/down etc
The river meandered gently along the valley floor.
2 [always + adverb/preposition] to walk somewhere in a slow relaxed way rather than take the most direct way possible
meander along/through etc
Cows still meander through these villages.
3 also meander on if a conversation or piece of writing meanders on, it is too long and has no purpose or structure
meanderings noun [plural]
his aimless meanderings through Europe
meander noun [countable]
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