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Meaning of MERE

Pronunciation:  meer

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  (British) a small pond of standing water
 

MERE is a 4 letter word that starts with M.

 

 See Also: pond, pool

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \-mere\ [Gr. ? part.]
    A combining form meaning part, portion; as, blastomere,
    epimere.
    
    
  2. \Mere\, n. [Written also mar.] [OE. mere, AS. mere mere,
    sea; akin to D. meer lake, OS. meri sea, OHG. meri, mari, G.
    meer, Icel. marr, Goth. marei, Russ. more, W. mor, Ir. &
    Gael. muir, L. mare, and perh. to L. mori to die, and meaning
    originally, that which is dead, a waste. Cf. {Mortal},
    {Marine}, {Marsh}, {Mermaid}, {Moor}.]
    A pool or lake. --Drayton. Tennyson.
    
    
  3. \Mere\, n. [Written also meer and mear.] [AS. gem[=ae]re.
    [root]269.]
    A boundary. --Bacon.
    
    
    
    
  4. \Mere\, v. t.
    To divide, limit, or bound. [Obs.]
    
          Which meared her rule with Africa.       --Spenser.
    
    
  5. \Mere\, n.
    A mare. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
    
  6. \Mere\, a. [Superl. {Merest}. The comparative is rarely or
    never used.] [L. merus.]
    1. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
    
             Then entered they the mere, main sea. --Chapman.
    
             The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed.
                                                   --Jer. Taylor.
    
    2. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple;
       bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form.
    
             From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor
             of any nation.                        --Atterbury.
    
    
 
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