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me·tre 1

 (mē′tər)
n. Chiefly British
Variant of meter1.

me·tre 2

 (mē′tər)
n. Chiefly British
Variant of meter2.

metre

(ˈmiːtə) or

meter

n
1. (Units) a metric unit of length equal to approximately 1.094 yards
2. (Units) the basic SI unit of length; the length of the path travelled by light in free space during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. In 1983 this definition replaced the previous one based on krypton-86, which in turn had replaced the definition based on the platinum-iridium metre bar kept in Paris
Symbol: m
[C18: from French; see metre2]

metre

(ˈmiːtə) or

meter

n
1. (Poetry) prosody the rhythmic arrangement of syllables in verse, usually according to the number and kind of feet in a line
2. (Music, other) music another word (esp US) for time22
[C14: from Latin metrum, 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]

metre

meter
1. 'metre'

In British English, a metre is a unit of length equal to 39.37 inches.

The blue whale grows to over 30 metres long.
2. 'meter'

In American English, this word is spelled meter.

I stopped about fifty meters down the road.

In both British and American English, some kinds of measuring devices are also called meters.

...a parking meter.
He'd come to read the gas meter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metre - the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)metre - the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
metric linear unit - a linear unit of distance in metric terms
decimeter, decimetre, dm - a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter
decameter, decametre, dekameter, dekametre, dkm, dam - a metric unit of length equal to ten meters
2.metre - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of versemetre - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
metrics, prosody - the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosody - (prosody) a system of versification
catalexis - the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
scansion - analysis of verse into metrical patterns
common meter, common measure - the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
3.metre - rhythm as given by division into parts of equal durationmetre - rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
rhythmicity - the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music
Translations
مِتْرمِتْرٌوزن، بَحْر من بُحور الشِّعْر
metrmetrum
meterversemål
metro
meeter
metri
मीटर
metar
meter
metribragarhátturfersentimetri
メートル
미터
metrspantmērs
metru
metermetrum
meter
meter
เมตร
mét

metre

meter (US) [ˈmiːtəʳ] Nmetro m

metre

[ˈmiːtər] meter (US) n (= measurement) → mètre m

metre

, (US) meter
n
(Measure) → Meter m or nt
(Poet) → Metrum nt

metre

meter (Am) [ˈmiːtəʳ] nmetro

metre1

(American) meter (ˈmiːtə) noun
(often abbreviated m mwhen written) the chief unit of length in the metric system, equal to 39.37 inches. This table is one metre broad.
metric (ˈmetrik) adjective
of the metre or metric system. Are these scales metric?
the metric system
a system of weights and measures based on multiples of ten (eg 1 metre = 100 centimetres, 1 centimetre = 10 millimetres etc).

metre2

(American) meter (ˈmiːtə) noun
(in poetry) the regular arrangement of syllables that are stressed or unstressed, long or short. The metre of this passage is typical of Shakespeare.
ˈmetrical (ˈme-) adjective
of or in poetry. The translation is not metrical – it is in prose.

metre

مِتْرٌ metr meter Meter μέτρο metro metri mètre metar metro メートル 미터 meter meter metr metro метр meter เมตร metre mét