Hypertext Webster Gateway: "member"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Member \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.

2. 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
(e) 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Member \Mem"ber\, v. t. [See {Remember}.]
To remember; to cause to remember; to mention. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: one of the persons who compose a social group (especially
individuals who have joined and participates in a group
organization); "only members will be admitted"; "a
member of the faculty"; "she was introduced to all the
members of his family" [ant: {nonmember}]
2: an organization that is a member of another organization
(especially a state that belongs to a group of nations);
"the library was a member of the interlibrary loan
association"; "Canada is a member of the United Nations"
3: an external body part that projects from the body; "it is
important to keep the extremities warm" [syn: {extremity},
4: anything that belongs to a set or class: "snakes are members
of the class Reptilia"; "members of the opposite sex"
5: the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism) [syn:
{penis}, {phallus}]

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