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mere

1
1. Dialect or archaic a lake or marsh
2. Obsolete the sea or an inlet of it

mere

2
Archaic a boundary or boundary marker

mere

[mīr]
(hydrology)
A large pond or a shallow lake.
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The merely visible presence of this lad--for he seems to me little more than a lad, though he is really over twenty-- his merely visible presence--ah
Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another.
Meanwhile, the three gentlemen behaved in such a manner as proved that the water of the Fountain of Youth possessed some intoxicating qualities; unless, indeed, their exhilaration of spirits were merely a lightsome dizziness caused by the sudden removal of the weight of years.
Property not merely has duties, but has so many duties that its possession to any large extent is a bore.
A singular custom prevails, not merely among the Chinooks, but among most of the tribes about this part of the coast, which is the flattening of the forehead.
Just as some dismal fooleries of this nature had made my heart quake there came a tremendous shriek, careering along the valley as if a thousand devils had burst their lungs to utter it, but which proved to be merely the whistle of the engine on arriving at a stopping-place.
General Epanchin took up his part and spoke in the character of father of a family; he spoke sensibly, and without wasting words over any attempt at sentimentality, he merely recorded his full admission of her right to be the arbiter of Totski's destiny at this moment.
Freemasonry, at any rate as he saw it here, sometimes seemed to him based merely on externals.
We have lost our way in these devilish Derby hills of thine, old man," replied Paul of Merely.
sharply differing from that held by young people to-day who see in every girl merely a female seeking a mate) was, I think, of value.
They were like two persons, after far wandering, who had merely come home again.
I've saved him, not merely the risk of an operation for appendicitis, but the cost of it, and the hospital expenses.