Member Mem"ber, n. [OE. membre, F. membre, fr. L. membrum; cf. Goth. mimz flesh, Skr. mamsa.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) A part of an animal capable of performing a distinct office; an organ; a limb. [1913 Webster]

We have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. --Rom. xii. 4. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: A part of a whole; an independent constituent of a body; as: (a) A part of a discourse or of a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse. (b) (Math.) Either of the two parts of an algebraic equation, connected by the sign of equality. (c) (Engin.) Any essential part, as a post, tie rod, strut, etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss. (d) (Arch.) Any part of a building, whether constructional, as a pier, column, lintel, or the like, or decorative, as a molding, or group of moldings. (e) One of the persons composing a society, community, or the like; an individual forming part of an association; as, a member of the society of Friends. (f) (Math.) one of the elements which, taken together, comprise a set. (g) (Math.) one of the individual objects which comprise a group or class. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Compression member}, {Tension member} (Engin.), a member, as a rod, brace, etc., which is subjected to compression or tension, respectively. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • member — I (constituent part) noun article, branch, category, component, department, division, element, factor, feature, fraction, ingredient, integral part, item, link, part, piece, portion, section, segment, share, small part, subdivision, subordinate… …   Law dictionary

  • member — (n.) late 13c., sex organ (Cf. L. membrum virile, but in English originally of women as well as men), also, body part or organ (in plural, the body ), from O.Fr. membre part, portion; topic, subject; limb, member of the body; member (of a group,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • member — [mem′bər] n. [ME membre < OE < L membrum < IE * mēmsro , var. of mēmso , flesh > Sans māṁsá , Goth mimz, flesh] 1. a part or organ of a human or animal body; specif., a) an arm or leg b) the penis 2. a part of a plant considered with… …   English World dictionary

  • member — [n1] part of a group affiliate, associate, branch, chapter, component, comrade, constituent, cut, division, joiner, offshoot, parcel, piece, portion, post, representative, section, segment, unit; concepts 417,834,835 member [n2] appendage arm,… …   New thesaurus

  • Member — Mem ber, v. t. [See {Remember}.] To remember; to cause to remember; to mention. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • member — *part, portion, piece, detail, division, section, segment, sector, fraction, fragment, parcel Analogous words: *element, component, constituent: branch, limb, *shoot, bough …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • member — ► NOUN 1) a person or organization belonging to a group or society. 2) a part of a complex structure. 3) archaic a part of the body, especially a limb. DERIVATIVES membership noun. ORIGIN Latin membrum limb …   English terms dictionary

  • member — mem|ber W1S1 [ˈmembə US ər] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: membre, from Latin membrum] 1.) a person or country that belongs to a group or organization ▪ The majority of union members voted in favour of a strike. member of ▪ He is a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • member — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ elite, high ranking, influential, key, leading, powerful, prominent ▪ ranking (AmE), senior …   Collocations dictionary

  • member — An individual admitted to membership on the exchange or any of its Divisions. Chicago Mercantile Exchange Glossary See client Euroclear Clearing and Settlement glossary * * * member mem‧ber [ˈmembə ǁ ər] noun [countable] a person, group, or… …   Financial and business terms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”