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When you are measuring a liquid, the level curves ever so slightly down and back up from one side to the other. At the bottom of the meniscus is the lowest point of the curve, when you are looking at it at eye level.
When you took chemistry and biology you would have had occasion to measure fluids in a graduated cylinder, right? Yet another reason to expect carryover from prerequisites to nursing: you will encounter the meniscus again, and here it is.