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Meaning of member by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English membre, from Old French membre, from Latin membrum ( “limb, body part” ), from Proto-Indo-European *memso-, *mems-ro ( “flesh” ). Akin to Gothic *mimz ( “meat, flesh” ), Crimean Gothic menus .

    Coexists with native Middle English lim, limb ( “member, limb, joint” ) ( from Old English lim ( “limb, joint, main branch” ) ), and displaced Middle English lith ( “limb, joint, member” ) ( from Old English liþ ( “limb, member, join, tip” ) ) .


    • Rhymes: -ɛmbə( r )


    member ( plural: members )

    1. One who officially belongs to a group .
    2. A limb .
    3. The penis .
    4. ( logic ) One of the propositions making up a syllogism .
    5. ( set theory ) An element of a set .
    6. ( computing, programming ) In object-oriented programming, a function or piece of data associated with each separate instance of a class .



    • Japanese: メンバー

Explanation of member by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the male organ of copulation

    2. an external body part that projects from the body

    3. an organization that is a member of another organization ( especially a state that belongs to a group of nations )

    4. the library was a member of the interlibrary loan association
      Canada is a member of the United Nations
    5. one of the persons who compose a social group ( especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization )

    6. only members will be admitted
      a member of the faculty
      she was introduced to all the members of his family
    7. anything that belongs to a set or class

    8. snakes are members of the class Reptilia
      members of the opposite sex

    Definition of member by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Member v. t. [See Remember.] To remember; to cause to remember; to mention. [Obs.]

    2. Member, n. [OE. membre, F. membre, fr. L. membrum; cf. Goth. mimz flesh, Skr. mamsa.]

      1. ( Anat. ) A part of an animal capable of performing a distinct office; an organ; a limb.

      We have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. Rom. xii. 4.

      2. Hence: A part of a whole; an independent constituent of a body; as: A part of a discourse or of a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse. ( Math. ) Either of the two parts of an algebraic equation, connected by the sign of equality. ( Engin. ) Any essential part, as a post, tie rod, strut, etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss. ( 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. 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”. ( Math. ) one of the elements which, taken together, comprise a set. ( Math. ) one of the individual objects which comprise a group or class.

      Compression member, Tension member ( Engin. ), a member, as a rod, brace, etc., which is subjected to compression or tension, respectively.