noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French meridien, from meridien of noon, from Latin meridianus, from meridies noon, south, irregular from medius mid + dies day — more at mid, deity Date: 14th century 1. archaic the hour of noon ; midday 2. a great circle of the celestial sphere passing through its poles and the zenith of a given place — see azimuth illustration 3. a high point 4. a. (1) a great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the poles (2) the half of such a circle included between the poles b. a representation of such a circle or half circle numbered for longitude on a map or globe — see longitude illustration 5. any of the pathways along which the body's vital energy flows according to the theory behind acupuncture • meridian adjective

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