guide meridian

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Guide \Guide\, n. [OE. giae, F. guide, It. guida. See Guide,
   v. t.]
   1. A person who leads or directs another in his way or
      course, as in a strange land; one who exhibits points of
      interest to strangers; a conductor; also, that which
      guides; a guidebook.
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   2. One who, or that which, directs another in his conduct or
      course of life; a director; a regulator.
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            He will be our guide, even unto death. --Ps. xlviii.
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   3. Any contrivance, especially one having a directing edge,
      surface, or channel, for giving direction to the motion of
      anything, as water, an instrument, or part of a machine,
      or for directing the hand or eye, as of an operator; as:
      (a) (Water Wheels) A blade or channel for directing the
          flow of water to the wheel buckets.
      (b) (Surgery) A grooved director for a probe or knife.
      (c) (Printing) A strip or device to direct the
          compositor's eye to the line of copy he is setting.
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   4. (Mil.) A noncommissioned officer or soldier placed on the
      directing flank of each subdivision of a column of troops,
      or at the end of a line, to mark the pivots, formations,
      marches, and alignments in tactics. --Farrow.
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   Guide bar (Mach.), the part of a steam engine on which the
      crosshead slides, and by which the motion of the piston
      rod is kept parallel to the cylinder, being a substitute
      for the parallel motion; -- called also guide, and
      slide bar.

   Guide block (Steam Engine), a block attached in to the
      crosshead to work in contact with the guide bar.

   Guide meridian. (Surveying) See under Meridian.

   Guide pile (Engin.), a pile driven to mark a place, as a
      point to work to.

   Guide pulley (Mach.), a pulley for directing or changing
      the line of motion of belt; an idler. --Knight.

   Guide rail (Railroads), an additional rail, between the
      others, gripped by horizontal driving wheels on the
      locomotive, as a means of propulsion on steep gradients.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Meridian \Me*rid"i*an\, n. [F. m['e]ridien. See Meridian, a.]
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   1. Midday; noon.
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   2. Hence: The highest point, as of success, prosperity, or
      the like; culmination.
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            I have touched the highest point of all my
            And from that full meridian of my glory
            I haste now to my setting.            --Shak.
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   3. (Astron.) A great circle of the sphere passing through the
      poles of the heavens and the zenith of a given place. It
      is crossed by the sun at midday.
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   4. (Geog.) A great circle on the surface of the earth,
      passing through the poles and any given place; also, the
      half of such a circle included between the poles.
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   Note: The planes of the geographical and astronomical
         meridians coincide. Meridians, on a map or globe, are
         lines drawn at certain intervals due north and south,
         or in the direction of the poles.
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   Calculated for the meridian of, or {fitted to the meridian
   of}, or adapted to the meridian of, suited to the local
      circumstances, capabilities, or special requirements of.
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            All other knowledge merely serves the concerns of
            this life, and is fitted to the meridian thereof.
                                                  --Sir M. Hale.
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   First meridian or prime meridian, the meridian from which
      longitudes are reckoned. The meridian of Greenwich is the
      one commonly employed in calculations of longitude by
      geographers, and in actual practice, although in various
      countries other and different meridians, chiefly those
      which pass through the capitals of the countries, are
      occasionally used; as, in France, the meridian of Paris;
      in the United States, the meridian of Washington, etc.

   Guide meridian (Public Land Survey), a line, marked by
      monuments, running North and South through a section of
      country between other more carefully established meridians
      called principal meridians, used for reference in
      surveying. [U.S.]

   Magnetic meridian, a great circle, passing through the
      zenith and coinciding in direction with the magnetic
      needle, or a line on the earth's surface having the same

   Meridian circle (Astron.), an instrument consisting of a
      telescope attached to a large graduated circle and so
      mounted that the telescope revolves like the transit
      instrument in a meridian plane. By it the right ascension
      and the declination of a star may be measured in a single

   Meridian instrument (Astron.), any astronomical instrument
      having a telescope that rotates in a meridian plane.

   Meridian of a globe, or Brass meridian, a graduated
      circular ring of brass, in which the artificial globe is
      suspended and revolves.
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