WORDS: Merriam-Webster word of the day MEANDER
verb | mee-AN-der
1 : to follow a winding or intricate course
2 : to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination : ramble
Roam, ramble, and meander all mean to move about from place to place without a plan or definite purpose, but each suggests wandering in a unique way.
Examples of MEANDER
“The trail meanders through towering evergreens, over a creek and beside a waterfall.”
— Jim Ryan, The Oregonian, 7 Feb. 2018
“Instead of hooks or choruses, there were intensities, pulses, sung words that meandered and then dissolved into crystalline sound. They were barely songs. But they were enough. The listener got the impression that language was insufficient to express her highs and lows.”
— Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2017
Test Your Vocabulary
What word refers to a limit or point that you reach when the results of your actions cannot be changed, and is from the name of the river that Julius Caesar crossed into Italy thereby starting a war?