Meridian

Definition of Meridian

Me`rid´i`an
a.1.Being at, or pertaining to, midday; belonging to, or passing through, the highest point attained by the sun in his diurnal course.
Tables . . . to find the altitude meridian.
- Chaucer.
2.Pertaining to the highest point or culmination; as, meridian splendor.
n.1.
1.Midday; noon.
2.Hence: The highest point, as of success, prosperity, or the like; culmination.
I have touched the highest point of all my greatness,
And from that full meridian of my glory
I haste now to my setting.
- Shak.
3.(Astron.) A great circle of the sphere passing through the poles of the heavens and the zenith of a given place. It is crossed by the sun at midday.
4.(Geog.) A great circle on the surface of the earth, passing through the poles and any given place; also, the half of such a circle included between the poles.
Calculated for the meridian of
suited to the local circumstances, capabilities, or special requirements of.
All other knowledge merely serves the concerns of this life, and is fitted to the meridian thereof.
- Sir M. Hale.

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