Adjective "meridian" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A circle of constant longitude passing through a given place on the earth's surface and the terrestrial poles.
  1. 'The voyage must also start from and return to the same point, and cross all of the meridians as well as the equator.'
  2. 'The meridians intersect and pile up to create a co-ordinate singularity at the Poles, but nothing odd happens on the Earth's real surface.'
  3. 'Nevertheless, by the end of 1868 Montana had an initial point, a baseline, and a principal meridian, and much of its most economically promising terrain had been surveyed and mapped.'
  4. 'A world known only to her and one in which mice and birds have etched meridians and longitudes, mapping her territory.'
  5. 'In this projection the meridians are vertical and parallels having increased spacing in proportion to the secant of the latitude.'
  6. 'The first part described geographical and astronomical terms such as latitude, longitude, meridian, poles, eclipses, signs of the zodiac etc.'
  7. 'Whereas meridians of longitude loop, from the North Pole to the South and back again, in great circles of the same size, converging at the ends of the earth.'
  8. 'A year ago, the Millennium Dome, located on the meridian at Greenwich, was the centerpiece of Britain's over-the-top festivities to welcome the year 2000.'
  9. 'Assignment of local standard times was based on the nearest standard meridian to the east of the simulation longitude.'
  10. 'Anywhere within about 90 degrees of longitude of that meridian will be able to see the complete eclipse.'
  11. 'at the end of February Jupiter transits the meridian, due south, at 6.15 a.m'
  12. 'When a star passes over the meridian, the transit instrument can be used to measure the angle at which this happens.'
  13. 'Local time at all other locations on the Earth's surface is based on the Sun's position relative to the celestial meridian, an imaginary line running north and south directly overhead.'
(in acupuncture and Chinese medicine) each of a set of pathways in the body along which vital energy is said to flow.
  1. 'It has its basis in traditional Chinese medicine, and uses the same principles of energy and meridians as acupuncture or acupressure.'
  2. 'The technique uses fine needles inserted at specific points on the body in order to restore the balance of qi flowing along a number of meridians or channels in the body.'
  3. 'Benny grabs his flagellating rod and whips himself as hard as he can a dozen times, striking the acupuncture meridians of the body.'
  4. 'Traditional eastern medicine explains acupuncture as a method to assess and rebalance the flow of qi, or energy, that travels along 12 main linear pathways, or meridians, in the body.'
  5. 'This flows between the organs of the body along pathways called meridians or channels.'
  6. 'Each meridian (pathway of energy) has a proper direction of flow, and each emotion will affect energy flow in a different way.'
  7. 'It originated in China 2,000 years ago and uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi or ‘energy’ through meridians in the body.'
  8. 'Qi travels through the body along special pathways called meridians.'
  9. 'Energy in the body flows along predictable pathways called meridians.'
  10. 'The physiological and cellular changes that are initiated by effective acupuncture therapies are still largely unknown as is the extent to which they rely on the qi energy and meridians of traditional Asian medicine.'


Relating to or situated at a meridian.
  1. 'The attraction of the time theme inspired its creators to look to Greenwich and its meridian line.'
  2. 'Another of ibn Sina's contributions to astronomy was his attempt to calculate the difference in longitude between Baghdad and Gurgan by observing a meridian transit of the moon at Gurgan.'
  3. 'This also gave her plenty of time to hone her sensitivity to meridian vibrations.'
  4. 'During the year 994 al-Khujandi used the very large instrument to observe a series of meridian transits of the sun near the solstices.'
  5. '‘I was really struggling with the treatment I was on, but I've been trying meridian therapy since then and I feel a lot better,’ said Helen, of Lowther Street.'
  6. 'A meridian line is a line used by astronomers, meteorologists and others to measure from.'
  7. 'Shiatsu uses the meridian lines that run through the body.'
  8. 'Putting years of training into learning how to apply hypnotic and meridian therapies is quite a dramatic departure for the father-of-three after running a regional building society for much of his life.'
  9. 'The meridian line through the Observatory became the official meridian line of Paris.'
  10. 'Body training consists of various gentle stretches and meditation postures to open the meridian lines.'


1. Geography. a great circle of the earth passing through the poles and any given point on the earth's surface. the half of such a circle included between the poles.

2. Astronomy. the great circle of the celestial sphere that passes through its poles and the observer's zenith.

3. a point or period of highest development, greatest prosperity, or the like.

4. (in acupuncture) any of the pathways in the body along which vital energy flows. adjective

5. of or relating to a meridian.

More examples(as adjective)

"corps can be meridian."

"diagnostics can be meridian."

"trusts can be meridian."

"lines can be meridian."

"results can be meridian."

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Late Middle English: from Old French meridien, from Latin meridianum (neuter, used as a noun) ‘noon’, from medius ‘middle’ + dies ‘day’. The use in astronomy is due to the fact that the sun crosses a meridian at noon.