from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The liturgical headdress and part of the insignia of a Christian bishop. In the Western church it is a tall pointed hat with peaks in front and back, worn at all solemn functions.
- n. A thong for binding the hair, worn by women in ancient Greece.
- n. The ceremonial headdress worn by ancient Jewish high priests.
- n. A miter joint.
- n. The edge of a piece of material that has been beveled preparatory to making a miter joint.
- n. A miter square.
- transitive v. To bestow a miter upon.
- transitive v. To make (two pieces or surfaces) join with a miter joint.
- transitive v. To bevel the edges of for joining with a miter joint.
- intransitive v. To meet in a miter joint.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To finish a material at an angle, frequently 45 degrees, or sometimes with some specific shape, so that it will fit up tightly against another piece of material, as with a picture frame.
- n. Alternative form of miter joint.
- n. Alternative spelling of mitre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two points or peaks.
- n. The surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter joint.
- n. A sort of base money or coin.
- transitive v. To place a miter upon; to adorn with a miter.
- transitive v. To match together, as two pieces of molding or brass rule on a line bisecting the angle of junction; to fit together in a miter joint.
- transitive v. To bevel the ends or edges of, for the purpose of matching together at an angle.
- intransitive v. To meet and match together, as two pieces of molding, on a line bisecting the angle of junction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of head-dress anciently worn by the inhabitants of Lydia, Phrygia, and other parts of Asia Minor.
- n. A sacerdotal head-dress, as that worn by the ancient Jewish high priest, or that worn by a bishop.
- n. A chimney-cap or -pot of terra-cotta, brick, stone, or metal, designed to exclude rain and wind from the flue, while allowing the smoke, etc., to escape; a cowl; hence, anything having a similar use.
- n. In conchology, a miter-shell.
- n. In carp.: A scribe or guide for making saw-cuts to form miter-joints.
- n. A combined square and miter-edge or pattern.
- n. Same as miter-joint.
- n. A gusset in seamstresses' work, knitting, and the like.
- To bestow a miter upon; raise to a rank to which the dignity of wearing a miter belongs, especially to episcopal rank.
- To ornament with a miter.
- In carpentry, to join with a miter-joint; make a miter-joint in. See miter-joint.
- In needlework, to change the direction of, as a straight band, border, or the like, by cutting it at an abrupt angle, sacrificing a three-cornered piece, and bringing the cut edges together: a term derived from carpenter-work.
- In bookbinding, to join perfectly, as lines intended to meet at right angles
- In architecture, to meet in a miter-joint.
- In organ-building, to introduce one or more miter-joints into (a pipe), so as to adapt it to a contracted space: such a pipe is said to be mitered or mitered over.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fit together in a miter joint
- n. joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
- v. confer a miter on (a bishop)
- v. bevel the edges of, to make a miter joint
- n. the surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made
- n. a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions
Middle English mitre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin mitra, headdress of the Jewish high priest, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)