Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Meré is a village (and also a parroquia) in the concejo of Llanes, in Asturias. Its population in 2004 was 175, in 84 dwellings.
It is located on the banks of the Ríu de las Cabras at , which is 28 km from Llanes and about midway between Posada and Benia. It can also be reached from Llanes by taking the road that passes El Mazuco.
During and after the Battle of El Mazuco in 1937 it was the headquarters of the Republican forces; see El Mazuco (La defensa imposible). Almost the entire village was burned to the ground during the war, and had to be rebuilt. However, the Palacio de Meré survived; it was built in the 18th century alongside a smaller and older building.
Meré's main Fiesta is on 31 October; Nuestra Señora del Rosario.
The mere is a type of short, broad-bladed weapon in the shape of an enlarged tear drop. It was used to strike/jab an opponent in the body or the head (it is misleading to call it a club as described by early visitors to New Zealand) ( patu), usually made from Nephrite jade ( Pounamu or greenstone). A mere is one of the traditional, close combat, one-handed weapons of the indigenous Māori, of New Zealand and a symbol of chieftainship.
Méré may refer to:
- Méré, Yvelines, France
- Méré, Yonne, France
Mere is the first live album by Norwegian rock band deLillos.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Mere \Mere\, n.
A mare. [Obs.]
Mere \Mere\ (m[=e]r), a. [Superl. Merest. The comparative is rarely or never used.] [L. merus.]
Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
Then entered they the mere, main sea.
The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed.
Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form.
From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation.
Mere \Mere\ (m[=e]r), n. [Written also mar.] [OE. mere, AS. mere
mere, sea; akin to D. meer lake, OS. meri sea, OHG. meri,
mari, G. meer, Icel. marr, Goth. marei, Russ. more, W. mor,
Ir. & Gael. muir, L. mare, and perh. to L. mori to die, and
meaning originally, that which is dead, a waste. Cf.
Mortal, Marine, Marsh, Mermaid, Moor.]
A pool or lake.
Mere \Mere\, n. [Written also meer and mear.] [AS. gem[=ae]re.
Mere \Mere\ (m[=e]r), v. t. To divide, limit, or bound. [Obs.]
Which meared her rule with Africa.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1400, "unmixed, pure," from Old French mier "pure" (of gold), "entire, total, complete," and directly from Latin merus "unmixed" (of wine), "pure; bare, naked;" figuratively "true, real, genuine," probably originally "clear, bright," from PIE *mer- "to gleam, glimmer, sparkle" (cognates: Old English amerian "to purify," Old Irish emer "not clear," Sanskrit maricih "ray, beam," Greek marmarein "to gleam, glimmer"). Original sense of "nothing less than, absolute" (mid-15c., now only in vestiges such as mere folly) existed for centuries alongside opposite sense of "nothing more than" (1580s, as in a mere dream).
Old English mere "sea, ocean; lake, pool, pond, cistern," from Proto-Germanic *mari (cognates: Old Norse marr, Old Saxon meri "sea," Middle Dutch maer, Dutch meer "lake, sea, pool," Old High German mari, German Meer "sea," Gothic marei "sea," mari-saiws "lake"), from PIE *mori- "sea" (cognates: Latin mare, Old Church Slavonic morje, Russian more, Lithuanian mares, Old Irish muir, Welsh mor "sea," Gaulish Are-morici "people living near the sea").
Etymology 1 alt. 1 (context obsolete English) the sea 2 (context dialectal or literary English) a pool; a small lake or pond; marsh n. 1 (context obsolete English) the sea 2 (context dialectal or literary English) a pool; a small lake or pond; marsh Etymology 2
alt. boundary, limit; a boundary-marker; boundary-line n. boundary, limit; a boundary-marker; boundary-line vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To limit; bound; divide or cause division in. 2 (context intransitive obsolete English) To set divisions and bounds. Etymology 3
(context obsolete English) famous. alt. (context obsolete English) famous. Etymology 4
a. 1 (label en obsolete) pure, unalloyed (8th-17thc.). 2 (label en obsolete) Nothing less than; complete, downright (15th-18thc.). 3 just, only; no more than (from 16thc.), pure and simple, neither more nor better than might be expected. Etymology 5
n. a Maori war-club
adj. being nothing more than specified; "a mere child" [syn: mere(a)]
apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth" [syn: bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)]
n. a small pond of standing water
Usage examples of "mere".
The multitude is the real productive force of our social world, whereas Empire is a mere apparatus of capture that lives only off the vitality of the multitude-as Marx would say, a vampire regime of accumulated dead labor that survives only by sucking off the blood of the living.
In affairs of marriage both parties should rely to a great extent on the advice of friends, for mere marriages of inclination are often unhappy.
No doubt real allosaurs were not subject to blind collisions, but these were mere machines.
North America, and there discover a series of analogous phenomena, it will appear certain that all these modifications of species, their extinction, and the introduction of new ones, cannot be owing to mere changes in marine currents or other causes more or less local and temporary, but depend on general laws which govern the whole animal kingdom.
Clearly, he now had not to be anguished, not to suffer passively, by mere reasoning about unresolva-ble questions, but to do something without fail, at once, quickly.
This circumstance, and the astonishing certainty, at the very first attempts to estimate space-relations, in the discrimination of round and angular, and in the observation that the table was somewhat farther from him than he could reach, show what influence the mere ability to perceive colors has upon vision in space.
All-Soul being whittled down into fragments, yet this is what they would be doing, annulling the All-Soul--if any collective soul existed at all--making it a mere piece of terminology, thinking of it like wine separated into many portions, each portion, in its jar, being described as a portion of the total thing, wine.
Jew forgetting the very word proselyte, the German forgetting his anthropometric variations, and the Italian forgetting everything, are obsessed by the singular purity of their blood, and the danger of contamination the mere continuance of other races involves.
Using the apostrophe correctly is a mere negative proof: it tells the world you are not a thicko.
All else is now mere clothing about the man, not to be called part of him since it lies about him unsought, not his because not appropriated to himself by any act of the will.
In this view the phrase is mere tautology, for taxation and appropriation are or may be necessary incidents of the exercise of any of the enumerated legislative powers.
And then she kissed me again, until I could return it with no artistry, but mere craving, clinging to her and drowning under her mouth.
Elles sont parfois geminees, et deux meres sont assises cote a cote, tenant chacune un enfant.
The horror, however, with which one shudders at their worship is attributable, in some measure, to the mere effect of costume.
Faust, crossing from mere balladry into the classic, cosmic tragedy of the ages, may be held as the ultimate height to which this German poetic impulse arose.