member: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mem'bur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person, animal, plant, group, etc., that is part of a society, party, community, taxon, or other body.
    1. a member of Congress, esp. of the House of Representatives.
    2. a member of the British Parliament, esp. of the House of Commons.
    3. any member of a legislative body.
  2. a part or organ of an animal body; a limb, as a leg, arm, or wing.
  3. a structural entity of a plant body.
  4. the penis.
  5. a constituent part of any structural or composite whole, as a subordinate architectural feature of a building.
    1. either side of an equation.
    2. an element of a set.
  6. a stratigraphic unit recognized within a formation, and mapped as such.
  1. being a member of or having membership in an association, organization, etc.: member countries of the United Nations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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