Definitions of meridian

  1. an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator; " all points on the same meridian have the same longitude"
  2. of or happening at noon; " meridian hour"
  3. Being at, or pertaining to, midday; belonging to, or passing through, the highest point attained by the sun in his diurnal course.
  4. Pertaining to the highest point or culmination; as, meridian splendor.
  5. Midday; noon.
  6. Hence: The highest point, as of success, prosperity, or the like; culmination.
  7. A great circle of the sphere passing through the poles of the heavens and the zenith of a given place. It is crossed by the sun at midday.
  8. A great circle on the surface of the earth, passing through the poles and any given place; also, the half of such a circle included between the poles.
  9. Pertaining to midday.
  10. Highest point reached by a heavenly body; highest point, as of success, prosperty, and the like; an imaginary circle around the earth in a north and south direction, passing through the poles.
  11. Meridional.
  12. Pertaining to mid- day: being on the meridian or at mid- day: raised to the highest point.
  13. Mid- day: the highest point, as of success: an imaginary circle on the earth's surface passing through the poles and any given place: ( astr.) an imaginary circle, passing through the poles of the heavens, and the zenith of the spectator, which the sun crosses at mid- day.
  14. Noon; highest point; great circle passing through the poles.
  15. Pertaining to noon or a meridian.
  16. Pertaining to the meridian; highest; brightest; noonday.
  17. Pertaining to the meridian or at mid- day or to the highest point, or to the magnetic meridian. Magnetic meridian, a great circle, parallel with the direction of the magnetic needle, and passing through its poles.
  18. A great circle supposed to be drawn so as to pass through the poles of the earth, and the zenith and nadir of any given place, intersecting the equator at right angles, and dividing the hemisphere into eastern and western; midday; roon; the highest point.
  19. In geog., an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth, supposed to pass through the poles and any given place, cutting the equator at right angles; in astron., a great circle of the sphere passing through the poles of the heavens and the zenith of the spectator which is crossed at mid- day; the brass ring surrounding a globe on which the degrees are marked- meridians are so called because they mark all places that have noon at the same instant; mid- day or noon; the highest point of anything.
  20. Being on the meridian or at mid- day; pert. to the highest point.

Usage examples for meridian

  1. As I could not abide these antics, I thanked him abruptly, pulled my still- trembling horse another way, and thought I would seek some other adventure, or perhaps go home; for during my wild gallop the sun had passed his meridian, and was now declining westward. – Famous Stories Every Child Should Know by Various
  2. She was an eye- witness to her conduct during the most brilliant and luxurious portion of her reign; she saw her from the meridian of her magnificence down to her dejection to the depths of unparalleled misery. – The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 7 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe by Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe
  3. Surveying parties have been organized and some progress has been made in establishing the principal base and meridian lines. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  4. Beaufort about the possible repetition of Lacaille's Meridian Arc at the Cape of Good Hope. – Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by George Biddell Airy
  5. The stars that pierced this darksome state May fade in that meridian shore; And human love, like human hate, Be memory- and no more! – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  6. He was not quite fifty, an age which he had heard men call the very meridian of life; and he felt himself younger now than he had ever been since he first assumed the cares of manhood- first grew grave with the responsibilities involved in the disposal of a great fortune. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  7. Her meridian charms eclipse yours of the dawn. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  8. Our greatest grief is that we are not on the meridian. – The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories by Hale, Edward Everett
  9. It is employed in observing the passage of the heavenly bodies across the observer's meridian. – The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost' by Thomas Orchard
  10. That old amphitryon's birthday hangs on till the meridian; you understand. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. Portugal's effective possession reached to the 70th meridian from Greenwich- sixteen hundred miles west of the Tordesillas line. – The South American Republics Part I of II by Thomas C. Dawson
  12. She convoyed Donne past his dread enemy Tartar, who, with his nose on his fore paws, lay snoring under the meridian sun. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  13. 30 degrees to enable me to gain the 138 degrees meridian, as soon as circumstances will permit. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  14. This was a great relief to me; I had been plagued watching the passage of the fixed stars, and often fell asleep when they were in the meridian. – The Journal Of A Mission To The Interior Of Africa, In The Year 1805 by Mungo Park
  15. The time wore away until the sun was at the meridian, and the heat became almost intolerable. – Through Apache Lands by R. H. Jayne
  16. Hardynge scarcely halted during the greater portion of the next day, except when his mustang required it, and shortly after the sun crossed the meridian he was gratified at catching sight of the rolling prairie and wooded hills where he had turned his horse loose nearly a week before. – Through Apache Lands by R. H. Jayne
  17. And if they did not see it at all, they would know that they were ninety degrees from the meridian. – The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories by Hale, Edward Everett
  18. He says:- " Talk not of temples; there is one, Built without hands, to mankind given; Its lamps are the meridian sun, And the bright stars of heaven. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles