Definition of meandering in English:



  • 1Following a winding course.

    ‘a meandering lane’
    • ‘The last phase of the project converted the meandering Kissimmee River, the main watershed artery to Lake Okeechobee, into a formless drainage canal.’
    • ‘One antiqued gray-green shape suggests a Japanese stone lantern, while its surface mimes an aerial view of a meandering river.’
    • ‘The humans pursued a meandering course through the forest.’
    • ‘He tossed all the company men overboard and took his rag tag crew on a meandering route to Barbados.’
    • ‘In the avalanche of smells and sounds and sights on the crowded beach we had forgotten the twins, each of us assuming that they were following our meandering path.’
    • ‘The centerpiece of Cumbler's story is the meandering Connecticut River, stretching from the border with Canada to the Atlantic Ocean.’
    • ‘Oxbow lakes are formed when river channels cut through their own meandering paths and form shorter courses, leaving standing bodies of water.’
    • ‘Grids lay upon the landscape reducing meandering rivers and their jagged embankments to scenic enjoyments or inconveniences to overcome.’
    • ‘But during my long, meandering walks through London, I marveled at the architecture, parks, and people.’
    • ‘The space for each city was divided in two by a meandering path extending from Cario to Dakar.’
    • ‘A bank of lush vegetation separates the tree-lined driveway on one side from its boundary, which is defined by the meandering river Deelagh.’
    • ‘Built on seven hills and intersected by the meandering River Vltava, Prague offers a stunning array of architecture.’
    • ‘The rear garden is dotted with mature spruce trees and frames a view of the meandering Derry river, which provides a natural boundary for the property.’
    • ‘And the program includes almost all the states bordering the river, from its start as a meandering creek in northern Minnesota to its end at the Gulf of Mexico - 2,500 miles later.’
    • ‘Slowly the landscape changed as the two elementals followed the meandering river.’
    • ‘The family acquired a former cereal farm, a 300 hectare spread extending along both sides of the meandering river Ega.’
    • ‘A journey on a Brisbane River ferry highlights the contrasting character of adjacent pockets within the meandering river.’
    • ‘I made the drive through the meandering roads of Montecito once a week.’
    • ‘The aptly titled venue was surrounded by a huge gorge, rolling bluffs and a meandering river.’
    • ‘The opening animated graphic is a meandering roadway which, after describing a few bends and curves, stops and emits skinny flagpoles flying the section headings.’
    winding, windy, zigzag, zigzagging, twisting, turning, curving, serpentine, sinuous, snaking, snaky, twisty, tortuous
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    1. 1.1 Proceeding in a convoluted or undirected fashion.
      ‘a brilliant sample of meandering discourse’
      ‘a florid and rather meandering melody’
      • ‘Short and stylistically different than much of the rest of the album, it features Hayden in top vocal form, gently wrapping his words around a meandering piano melody.’
      • ‘I'd been attempting to answer them in her own meandering style, and was never entirely sure what I was saying.’
      • ‘On offer are two formats: a limited edition double CD comprising all 120 meandering minutes, and a single CD which omits most of the second half of the set.’
      • ‘Instead, it turns into a meandering plod through confused politics and hinted rebellion that never really gets going until the final 20 minutes.’
      • ‘This overly long melodrama from the Philipines suffers technical flaws like poor dubbing, patchy performances and a meandering narrative.’
      • ‘This episodic, meandering film follows the men as they wander the streets, hang out in bars and offer advice to each other.’
      • ‘The ensuing 86 minutes unfold in a slow, meandering fashion, yet somehow remain likeable even if nothing much happens.’
      • ‘It's a quietly elegant film, with a meandering pace to reflect the setting.’
      • ‘The Namesake is a meandering narrative following Gogol, the American son of Bengali Indians who immigrated to Massachusetts during the 60s.’
      • ‘The film is meandering and self-indulgent in places, although the music, images and commentary occasionally combine to create moments of genuine beauty.’
      • ‘Where's this self indulgent, meandering twaddle going, I hear you cry, if indeed you're still reading.’
      • ‘When read straight through, the narrative digressions take the reader on a meandering path that resembles hypertextual linking.’
      • ‘The meandering blasts of flute that weave their way throughout lend the song a Chinese feel and make it quite enticing.’
      • ‘Her meandering journey sometimes fails to engage.’
      • ‘An album for long, meandering summer afternoons, Magic and Medicine is a quirky and imaginative bundle of joy.’
      • ‘If there is a point, it soon becomes lost in the meandering ending.’
      • ‘In these meandering reflections, neither Bacon the man nor Bacon the artist ever comes alive.’
      • ‘Blessed with a running time polite enough to not overstay its welcome, it cuts a meandering swathe through a whole plethora of styles.’
      • ‘Maybe I wasn't quite in the mood such a slow, meandering film.’
      • ‘Is it possible to purchase audio tapes of Mr Brown telling meandering stories which contain subliminal messages that will boost my confidence and competence?’
      rambling, circuitous, roundabout, digressive, discursive, indirect, diffuse, tortuous, convoluted
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  • 1An act of following a winding course.

    ‘oxbow lagoons left by the river's meanderings’
    • ‘Radlauer places her palm on the map showing the Mississippi's meanderings.’
    1. 1.1 An act of wandering in a leisurely or aimless manner.
      ‘in the course of his meanderings through the city’
      • ‘One distinguished exponent is Van Morrison, whose Astral Weeks album detailed his meanderings through Cyprus Avenue, a tree-lined road near his childhood home in east Belfast.’
      • ‘Bath Walks records a series of meanderings around the City of Bath, identifying architectural details and revealing new relationships between the patches of buildings and its streets.’
      • ‘It was on one of these nocturnal meanderings that I spotted a young girl walking along about a block ahead of me.’
      • ‘My meanderings through the crowd had taken me back to the buffet tables where I'd managed to procure a glass of wine from among less palatable offerings.’
      • ‘Through their neighborhood meanderings and the example of their father, they grow to understand that the world isn't always fair and that prejudice is a very real aspect of their world no matter how subtle it seems.’
    2. 1.2 Convoluted or undirected thought or language.
      ‘he has a penchant for obscure verbal meanderings’
      • ‘For you, then, we offer the following statistical meanderings.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the equality extends to the stilted acting, melodramatic meanderings, and too-convoluted plot twists of its erotic thriller pedigree.’
      • ‘Bharat's character remains that of a confused young man, whose mental meanderings border on the morose.’
      • ‘As such, his writings express the digressions, meanderings, meditations, ruminations and speculations that characterise a singular, idiosyncratic mind at work.’
      • ‘For example, the title track's obscured by excessive meandering, never giving any indication of the song's center, or the composition's significance.’
      • ‘And she closed the door somewhat forcefully to leave Charles in his moody meanderings.’
      • ‘The book is so full of events, meanderings, digressions, legends, conversations, and adventures, that a patient reader will never find his interest exhausted.’
      • ‘Emerging from their apparently aimless meanderings came an essential truthfulness, a revelation of how things are.’
      • ‘By concentrating on the issue of IRA arms, Trimble has returned to an old stomping ground already trodden bare with the meanderings of various politicians, military experts and intelligence operatives.’
      • ‘I was stirred from my mental meanderings.’
      • ‘Combined with this talent, Sellers had an incredible ability to improvise and wander away from the script in wild comic meanderings, which, on many occasions, prevented his co-star from keeping a straight face.’
      • ‘Tash bemusedly watched the meanderings of her increasingly inebriated castmates as Richard and Hugo attempted to create a way to play checkers with beer bottle tops.’
      • ‘After some scenes of topless women and some meanderings by the annoying characters, the mayhem starts.’
      • ‘But the play belongs to its two male leads and when they are on stage you forgive Gray's elegant meanderings.’
      • ‘Alas, she repeatedly hits the microphone to blast her listener with monotone meanderings, thus dampening the whole vibe.’
      • ‘Some comedy ensues, but mostly grating, nihilistic meanderings.’
      • ‘The songs return and gone is the half-baked amalgamation of in-jokes and dubwise meanderings.’
      • ‘Bley offers four meditative meanderings that lull the listener in, before surprising them with a new and unexpected turn.’