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Meaning of MITER

Pronunciation:  'mItur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions
  2. [v]  fit together in a miter joint
  3. [v]  bevel the edges of, to make a miter joint
  4. [v]  confer a miter on, as of a bishop

MITER is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: mitre
 See Also: bestow, bevel, bring together, chamfer, confer, headdress, headgear, join



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mi"ter\, Mitre \Mi"tre\, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra
    headband, turban, Gr. ?.]
    1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by
       church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the
       present form being a lofty cap with two points or peaks.
    2. The surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece
       where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a
       junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter
    3. (Numis.) A sort of base money or coin.
    {Miter box} (Carp. & Print.), an apparatus for guiding a
       handsaw at the proper angle in making a miter joint; esp.,
       a wooden or metal trough with vertical kerfs in its
       upright sides, for guides.
    {Miter dovetail} (Carp.), a kind of dovetail for a miter
       joint in which there is only one joint line visible, and
       that at the angle.
    {Miter gauge} (Carp.), a gauge for determining the angle of a
    {Miter joint}, a joint formed by pieces matched and united
       upon a line bisecting the angle of junction, as by the
       beveled ends of two pieces of molding or brass rule, etc.
       The term is used especially when the pieces form a right
       angle. See {Miter}, 2.
    {Miter shell} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
       marine univalve shells of the genus {Mitra}.
    {Miter square} (Carp.), a bevel with an immovable arm at an
       angle of 45[deg], for striking lines on stuff to be
       mitered; also, a square with an arm adjustable to any
    {Miter wheels}, a pair of bevel gears, of equal diameter,
       adapted for working together, usually with their axes at
       right angles.
  2. \Mi"ter\, Mitre \Mi"tre\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mitered}or
    {Mitred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mitering}or {Mitring}.]
    1. To place a miter upon; to adorn with a miter. ``Mitered
       locks.'' --Milton.
    2. To match together, as two pieces of molding or brass rule
       on a line bisecting the angle of junction; to bevel the
       ends or edges of, for the purpose of matching together at
       an angle.
  3. \Mi"ter\, Mitre \Mi"tre\, v. i.
    To meet and match together, as two pieces of molding, on a
    line bisecting the angle of junction.
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