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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.
References in classic literature ?
I was standing on the dock, when, by the merest accident, I fell in talk with him.
I was determined not to deceive him, even in the merest trifle.
Then I am to take it that Monsieur Tarzan would prefer to go naked into the jungle, armed only with a jackknife, to kill the king of beasts," laughed the other, good naturedly, but with the merest touch of sarcasm in his tone.
But for the merest accident in the world, the night before last he would have learnt our new scheme for keeping the Channel communication free from submarines.
Here we decided to halt, for we had had a hard day of it, and, if the truth were known, I think that we had all given up hope of overtaking the launch other than by the merest accident.
Every face that, with such agony, such blunders and corrections had grown up within him with its special character, every face that had given him such torments and such raptures, and all these faces so many times transposed for the sake of the harmony of the whole, all the shades of color and tones that he had attained with such labor--all of this together seemed to him now, looking at it with their eyes, the merest vulgarity, something that had been done a thousand times over.
I recognise the fact," he continued slowly, "that you are the friend of the Countess, and that you and I are nothing more than the merest acquaintances.
He had taken his station some half-way between the side-board and the breakfast-table; and, with his body drawn up to its full height, his head thrown back, and inclined the merest trifle on one side, his left leg advanced, and his right hand thrust into his waist-coat, while his left hung down by his side, grasping a waiter, looked like one who laboured under a very agreeable sense of his own merits and importance.
The merest acquaintance would have said something more emphatic than "I will, thank you; good-by," to such a request.
I couldn't venture to tell him that the miller-gun was a little invention of my own, and that I had officially ordered that every shopkeeper in the kingdom keep them on hand and sell them at government price -- which was the merest trifle, and the shopkeeper got that, not the government.
I am an air scout, friend, and very near a dead one, for just by the merest chance I escaped falling to the avenue below," I replied.
I knew both Moreau and Montgomery carried revolvers; and, save for a feeble bar of deal spiked with a small nail, the merest mockery of a mace, I was unarmed.