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meandering

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj meandering of a path e.g. "meandering streams","rambling forest paths","the river followed its wandering course","a winding country road"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Meandering winding in a course
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”
  • Michael Ondaatje
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    “The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. Maiandros, a winding river in Asia Minor.

Usage

In literature:

His mind, in its meandering among old images, groped, paused, fell pensive.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
He simply meandered a mile and got another.
"Tonio, Son of the Sierras" by Charles King
His mental processes meandered because of too much methyl.
"The Big Fix" by George Oliver Smith
However, it was arranged that the caravanners should meander back toward Sunrise Camp and in the course of time stop there for a visit.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Thinking he might find Jerry and thus banish solitude he meandered up the avenue toward the house.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
I looked at the yellow country road meandering past the lake into unseen distance.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The cows meandered along.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
So again he took an interest in Mart and his meanderings.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
Louis, marching onward in the direction of Jerusalem, came up with the enemy on the banks of the Meander.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He was careful not to follow too closely after the herd as they meandered down the lane.
"The Tale of Grunty Pig" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The road soon left the sandhills and meandered through thick orange-groves, full of shade and perfume and the hum of bees.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
You'll meet him meandering along the street, gazing into vacancy, and he'll never see you nor hear a word you say half the time.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
No, there was not much over at Meander, at the railroad's end, to cheer a soldier's heart.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
Here's a circular that I got at Meander headquarters today.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He wants variety, elasticity, gracefulness; his is a roaring torrent, and not a meandering stream of talk.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Now, they had not been long secure until they saw Al meandering down the stream on the opposite side from them.
"The Nightrider's Feud" by Walter C. McConnell
He traced it through all its meanderings to its primeval source.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Before it passes through the gap in the Chalk downs the Yar has meandered about, and formed the alluvial flat called Morton marshes.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
Other roads that meander across the plain are negligible.
"Dixmude" by Charles Le Goffic
Tediously and inanely he meandered along, and no one knew what he was talking about.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
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In poetry:

Through the Steppes there rolls
Stream on stream to sea,
Wide meandering,
Straying far and free.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
The swelling stream meanders on,
Gives power to busy mills,
And bears huge ships its breast upon,
Gives drink to kine and lovely fawn,
And drinks up other rills.
"Influence" by Joseph Horatio Chant
So swarming bees, that, on a summer's day,
In airy rings and wild meanders play,
Charm'd with the brasen sound, their wanderings end,
And, gently circling, on a bough descend.
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book II" by Edward Young
Or pensive, muses on the water's side,
Which purling doth thro' green meanders glide,
With watchful care he broods his heart away
'Till might is swallowed in the flood of day.
"On The Evening And Morning" by George Moses Horton
'Of sunset? The wild sea and desert meet
Eastward by yon unnavigable strand,
Then wherefore hath the flow of human feet
Left this dry runnel of memorial sand
Meandering thro' the summer of the land?
"A Hero's Grave" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Like thee, meandering, yet wafted back
From distant hearth and lonely bivouac,
From strange vicissitudes in other lands,
From half-wrought labors and unfinished plans
I come, in thy cool depths my brow to lave,
And rest a moment by thy silver wave.
"The Sangamon River" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Meandering Along the Creek Through Historic Pioneer Country.
Tucson News NowAsia stocks meander as US, Japan observe holiday.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZAsia stocks meander as US, Japan observe holiday.
Meander 's Kitchen will open in White Center Friday Oct 26.
And it was about time that I checked out what this Art Meander thing was all about.
2012 Fall Splendor Art Meander .
The 2012 Fall Splendor Art Meander will be held Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 from 10 am to 4 p.m.
Travel: Meander Is a River.
Meander 's Kitchen Makes a Move to White Center.
Grace Coddington's Meandering Memoir Ditches Fashion Mags for an Army of Ex-Husbands, Cats.
ANAHEIM — Blizzard's executive vice president of game design Rob Pardo has his hand in just about everything the company does, so though I was scheduled to speak to him specifically about Diablo III, our conversation meanders a bit.
But the show meanders down various dead ends ( Raver 's car found in New York.
Tropical Storm Debby sideswiped Southwest Florida as she meandered into a spinning rotation off the Panhandle dumping as much as 2 feet of rain in some areas during a weeklong assault.
One of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon is with a comfort food lunch (with dessert, of course) at Bloomsbury Bistro before meandering through the treasures of Mission Road Antique Mall.
If you happen to stumble on over to Japan you may want to meander to the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park so you can ride the world's steepest roller coaster.
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In science:

An interesting consequence of our result is that, in dimension d ≥ 2, the diffusive limit of the random walk meander is the Brownian motion.
Weak convergence of random walks conditioned to stay away
This clearly does not change the limiting process and does not effect the validity of the proof of Theorem 1.) The natural way is to take conditioning on the random walk (the random walk meander) and then to take our favorite interpolation.
Weak convergence of random walks conditioned to stay away
Katori, M., Tanemura, H.: Infinite systems of noncolliding generalized meanders and RiemannLiouville differintegrals.
Characteristic Polynomials of Random Matrices and Noncolliding Diffusion Processes
Katori, M., Tanemura, H., Nagao, T., Komatsuda, N.: Vicious walk with a wall, noncolliding meanders, chiral and Bogoliubov-de Gennes random matrices, Phys.
Characteristic Polynomials of Random Matrices and Noncolliding Diffusion Processes
We show that the conditional limit law is the product of a Brownian meander and a (d − 1)-dimensional Brownian motion.
A conditional quenched CLT for random walks among random conductances on $\mathbb{Z}^d$
Let us next recall the formal definition of the Brownian meander W + .
A conditional quenched CLT for random walks among random conductances on $\mathbb{Z}^d$
We denote by PW + ⊗ PW (d−1) the product law of Brownian meander and (d − 1)-dimensional standard Brownian motion on the time interval [0, 1].
A conditional quenched CLT for random walks among random conductances on $\mathbb{Z}^d$
The conditional distribution of X(e−, 0) is then given by cyclic-time random meander in the descendent tree of e− .
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees
This procedure may continue until a meander with such an orbit is located.
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees
Cyclic-time random meander with parameter t is the random process X B .
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
We denote it by Y B . (In fact, under our definition, cyclic-time random walk moves at a rate which is a factor of t greater than it does under the definition in .) We will more commonly discuss X B than Y B, and will refer to X B in shorthand as a meander.
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
Cyclic-time random meander X B is the tool that we will use to prove Propositions 1.3 and 1.4.
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
The two scenarios depicted in Figure 3 show how the monotonicity Pt (P+ ) ≥ Pt (P− ) is not readily apparent: the appearance of A may lengthen the trajectory of the meander from (φ, 0), so that P+ occurs, or it may shorten this tra jectory and force P− .
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
Here we record two simple observations regarding cyclic-time random meander.
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
Given C ∩ BNc ∩ NoBar and A = (e, h) for given (e, h) ∈ E0 × [0, 1), the meander X B∪A leaves the pole at φ by crossing A to arrive at (e−, h).
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
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