Some thing which is part of a larger set or structure.

A person may be a member of an organization, a demographic group, a religious sect, or even an ilk.

A number or other mathematical construct may be a member of sets or groups or the like. A member (or "element") is not the same as a subset.

Commonly used to refer to body parts. (See dismember.) Sometimes means the penis in particular.

Mem"ber (?), v. t. [See Remember.]

To remember; to cause to remember; to mention.



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Mem"ber, n. [OE. membre, F. membre, fr. L. membrum; cf. Goth. mimz flesh, Skr. mamsa.]

1. Anat.

A part of an animal capable of performing a distinct office; an organ; a limb.

We have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. Rom. xii. 4.


Hence, a part of a whole; an independent constituent of a body

; as: (a)

A part of a discourse or of a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse.

(b) Math.

Either of the two parts of an algebraic equation, connected by the sign of equality.

(c) Engin.

Any essential part, as a post, tie rod, strut, etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss.

(d) Arch.

Any part of a building, whether constructional, as a pier, column, lintel, or the like, or decorative, as a molding, or group of moldings.


One of the persons composing a society, community, or the like; an individual forming part of an association; as, a member of the society of Friends.

Compression member, Tension member Engin., a member, as a rod, brace, etc., which is subjected to compression or tension, respectively.


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