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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mem·ber, n.
 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 moldings. (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. (f) Math. one of the elements which, taken together, comprise a set. (g) Math. one of the individual objects which comprise a group or class.
 Compression member, Tension member Engin., a member, as a rod, brace, etc., which is subjected to compression or tension, respectively.