a small pond of standing water
being nothing more than specified
"a mere child"
bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)(adj)
apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
"only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"
a pool or lake
to divide, limit, or bound
unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified
only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form
Origin: [Written also meer and mear.]
Mere is a small town in Wiltshire, England. It lies at the extreme southwestern tip of Salisbury Plain close to the borders of Somerset and Dorset. There is an old market square, a chiming town clock and a large 15th century parish church of St Michael the Archangel, along with St Mary's Catholic church and also Methodist and United Reformed churches. The number of shops has halved since the A303 bypass road was opened in 1976. The steep slope of Castle Hill rises from the northwestern side of Mere. Castle Hill was the site of a relatively large castle, built in the mid-13th century by the lord of the manor, Richard, Earl of Cornwall. The castle fell into disrepair in the 15th century and its stone is said to have been used to build local houses. The Duchy of Cornwall still owns large amounts of land in the area. Local industry and commerce includes the Hill Brush company, large wholesale plant nurseries and the notable Yapp's wine merchants. St Michael the Archangel is unusual, in that it has 10 misericords; those on the south side of the choir, date from the 15th century, whilst those on the north side are early 20th century.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mēr, n. a pool or lake.—Also Meer. [A.S. mere; Ger. and Dut. meer, L. mare, the sea.]
mēr, adj. unmixed: pure: only this and nothing else: alone: absolute.—adj. Mered (Shak.), only, entire.—adv. Mere′ly, purely, simply: only: thus and no other way: solely. [L. merus, unmixed (of wine).]
mēr, n. a boundary.—v.t. to limit or bound.—ns. Mere′stead, the land within the boundaries of a farm: Mere′stone, a stone which marks a boundary. [A.S. ge-mǽre.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'mere' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2920
Rank popularity for the word 'mere' in Adjectives Frequency: #391
The numerical value of mere in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of mere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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A mere scholar, a mere ass.
The mere presence of a stranger is enough to cause a measurable stress response.
Purpose without power is mere weakness and deception; and power without purpose is mere fatuity.
I must take issue with the term 'a mere child,' for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.
Is the mere existence of an employee's name secret or to be withheld from the public? Certainly not, the mere existence of a name isn't something they are entitled to redact.
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