Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions
  2. (noun, artifact) the surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made
  3. (noun, artifact) joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
  4. (verb, contact) fit together in a miter joint
  5. (verb, contact) bevel the edges of, to make a miter joint
  6. (verb, possession) confer a miter on (a bishop)

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Synonyms of Miter

miter joint, mitre, mitre joint

Alternate forms of Miter

Derivations: miter, mitral

Hypernyms: bestow, bevel, bring together, chamfer, confer, headdress, headgear, join, joint, surface

Origin of the word Miter

  1. in the carpentry sense of "joint at a 45 degree angle," 1670s, perhaps from mitre, via notion of joining of the two peaks of the folded cap. more
  2. alternate spelling of mitre (see -re). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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