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-meter

suff.
Measuring device: anemometer.

[French -mètre, from Greek metron, measure; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

-meter

n combining form
1. indicating an instrument for measuring: barometer.
2. (Poetry) prosody indicating a verse having a specified number of feet: pentameter.
[from Greek metron measure]

me•ter1

(ˈmi tər)

n.
the base SI unit of length, equivalent to 39.37 U.S. inches; now defined as 1/299,792,458 of the distance light travels in a vacuum in one second. Abbr.: m
[1790–1800; < French mètre < Greek métron measure]

me•ter2

(ˈmi tər)

n.
1.
a. the rhythmic element in music as measured by division into parts of equal time value.
b. the unit of measurement, in terms of number of beats, adopted for a piece of music.
2.
a. the arrangement of words in rhythmic lines; poetic measure.
b. a particular rhythmic arrangement in a line, based on kind or kind and number of feet: dactylic meter.
c. rhythmic arrangement of stanzas or strophes, based on the kind and number of lines.
[before 900; Middle English metre, Old English meter < Latin metrum meter, verse < Greek métron measure]

me•ter3

(ˈmi tər)

n.
1. an instrument for measuring and recording the quantity of something, as of gas, water, miles, or time.
v.t.
3. to measure by means of a meter.
4. to process (mail) by means of a postage meter.
[1805–15; independent use of -meter,influenced in some senses by mete1]

-meter

a combining form meaning “measure,” used in the names of instruments measuring quantity, extent, degree, etc.: altimeter; barometer. Compare -metry.
[< New Latin -metrum < Greek métron measure]