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NOUN (1)

1. a small pond of standing water;


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. being nothing more than specified;
- Example: "a mere child"

2. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications;
- Example: "only the bare facts"
- Example: "shocked by the mere idea"
- Example: "the simple passage of time was enough"
- Example: "the simple truth"
[syn: bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mere \Mere\ (m[=e]r), v. t. To divide, limit, or bound. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Which meared her rule with Africa. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mere \Mere\, n. A mare. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mere \Mere\ (m[=e]r), a. [Superl. Merest. The comparative is rarely or never used.] [L. merus.] 1. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified. [1913 Webster] Then entered they the mere, main sea. --Chapman. [1913 Webster] The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form. [1913 Webster] From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

-mere \-mere\ [Gr. ? part.] A combining form meaning part, portion; as, blastomere, epimere. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. --Drayton. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mere \Mere\, n. [Written also meer and mear.] [AS. gem[=ae]re. [root]269.] A boundary. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mere adj 1: being nothing more than specified; "a mere child" 2: 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 1: a small pond of standing water
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

39 Moby Thesaurus words for "mere": absolute, austere, bare, basic, chaste, elementary, essential, fundamental, homely, homespun, homogeneous, indivisible, irreducible, just, monolithic, of a piece, only, plain, primal, primary, pure, pure and simple, scant, severe, sheer, simon-pure, simple, single, spare, stark, unadorned, uncluttered, undifferenced, undifferentiated, undiluted, unenhanced, uniform, unmitigated, unmixed
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

MERE. This is the French word for mother. It is frequently used as, in ventre sa mere, which signifies; a child unborn, or in the womb.