Definitions for meandermiˈæn dər
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a bend or curve, as in a stream or river
an aimless amble on a winding course
weave, wind, thread, meander, wander(verb)
to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
"the river winds through the hills"; "the path meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
A winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of an old river.
A tortuous or intricate movement.
To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous; to wander
The stream meandered through the valley.
a winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of the veins and arteries
a tortuous or intricate movement
fretwork. See Fret
to wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous
to wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate
Origin: [L. Maeander, orig., a river in Phrygia, proverbial for its many windings, Gr. : cf. F. mandre.]
A meander, in general, is a bend in a sinuous watercourse or river. A meander is formed when the moving water in a stream erodes the outer banks and widens its valley and the inner part of the river has less energy and deposits what it is carrying. A stream of any volume may assume a meandering course, alternately eroding sediments from the outside of a bend and depositing them on the inside. The result is a snaking pattern as the stream meanders back and forth across its down-valley axis. When a meander gets cut off from the main stream, an oxbow lake is formed. Over time meanders migrate downstream, sometimes in such a short time as to create civil engineering problems for local municipalities attempting to maintain stable roads and bridges. There is not yet full consistency or standardization of scientific terminology used to describe watercourses. A variety of symbols and schemes exist. Parameters based on mathematical formulae or numerical data vary as well, depending on the database used by the theorist. Unless otherwise defined in a specific scheme "meandering" and "sinuosity" here are synonymous and mean any repetitious pattern of bends, or waveforms. In some schemes, "meandering" applies only to rivers with exaggerated circular loops or secondary meanders; that is, meanders on meanders.
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. See Mæander.
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