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Many US 4-lane highways include barrier strips between the
directional lanes (N-S or E-W). These strips are known as "meridians"."
Meridian seemed off the mark so I went straight to the Macquarie
Dictionary to check my understanding of the word and found these
"noun 1. Geography
a. a great circle of the earth passing through the poles and any
given point on the earth's surface.
b. the half of such a circle included between the poles.
2. magnetic meridian.
3. Astronomy the great circle of the celestial sphere which passes
through its poles and the observer's zenith.
4. a point or period of highest development, greatest prosperity, or
adjective 5. of or relating to a meridian.
6. of or relating to midday or noon: the meridian hour.
7. relating to a period of greatest elevation, prosperity, splendour,
etc.; culminating. [Latin meridianus of midday, of the south; replacing
Middle English meridian, from Old French"
In Australia, we call the barrier strips in the middle of roads 'median
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