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me·ter 1

a. The measured arrangement of words in poetry, as by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line.
b. A particular arrangement of words in poetry, such as iambic pentameter, determined by the kind and number of metrical units in a line.
c. The rhythmic pattern of a stanza, determined by the kind and number of lines.
2. Music
a. Division into measures or bars.
b. A specific rhythm determined by the number of beats and the time value assigned to each note in a measure.

[Middle English metre, from Old English meter and from Old French metre, both from Latin metrum, from Greek metron, measure, poetic meter; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

me·ter 2

n. Abbr. m
The international standard unit of length, approximately equivalent to 39.37 inches. It was redefined in 1983 as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. See Table at measurement.

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

me·ter 3

1. Any of various devices designed to measure time, distance, speed, or intensity or indicate and record or regulate the amount or volume, as of the flow of a gas or an electric current.
2. A postage meter.
3. A parking meter.
tr.v. me·tered, me·ter·ing, me·ters
1. To measure with a meter: meter a flow of water.
2. To supply in a measured or regulated amount: metered the allotted gasoline to each vehicle.
3. To imprint with postage or other revenue stamps by means of a postage meter or similar device: metering bulk mail.
4. To provide with a parking meter or parking meters: meter parking spaces.

[From -meter.]


(Units) the US spelling of metre1


(Units) the US spelling of metre2


1. (Tools) any device that measures and records the quantity of a substance, such as gas, that has passed through it during a specified period
2. (Tools) any device that measures and sometimes records an electrical or magnetic quantity, such as current, voltage, etc
3. (Automotive Engineering) See parking meter
vb (tr)
4. to measure (a rate of flow) with a meter
5. to print with stamps by means of a postage meter
[C19: see mete1]


(ˈmi tər)

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]


(ˈmi tər)

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.
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]


(ˈmi tər)

1. an instrument for measuring and recording the quantity of something, as of gas, water, miles, or time.
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]


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]


The basic unit of length in the metric system, equal to 39.37 inches. See Table at measurement.


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.


Past participle: metered
Gerund: metering

I meter
you meter
he/she/it meters
we meter
you meter
they meter
I metered
you metered
he/she/it metered
we metered
you metered
they metered
Present Continuous
I am metering
you are metering
he/she/it is metering
we are metering
you are metering
they are metering
Present Perfect
I have metered
you have metered
he/she/it has metered
we have metered
you have metered
they have metered
Past Continuous
I was metering
you were metering
he/she/it was metering
we were metering
you were metering
they were metering
Past Perfect
I had metered
you had metered
he/she/it had metered
we had metered
you had metered
they had metered
I will meter
you will meter
he/she/it will meter
we will meter
you will meter
they will meter
Future Perfect
I will have metered
you will have metered
he/she/it will have metered
we will have metered
you will have metered
they will have metered
Future Continuous
I will be metering
you will be metering
he/she/it will be metering
we will be metering
you will be metering
they will be metering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been metering
you have been metering
he/she/it has been metering
we have been metering
you have been metering
they have been metering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been metering
you will have been metering
he/she/it will have been metering
we will have been metering
you will have been metering
they will have been metering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been metering
you had been metering
he/she/it had been metering
we had been metering
you had been metering
they had been metering
I would meter
you would meter
he/she/it would meter
we would meter
you would meter
they would meter
Past Conditional
I would have metered
you would have metered
he/she/it would have metered
we would have metered
you would have metered
they would have metered


1. The rythmical structure of a line of verse.
2. (m) A unit of length equal to 100 cm.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meter - the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)meter - 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.meter - any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantitymeter - any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
ammeter - a meter that measures the flow of electrical current in amperes
electric meter, power meter - a meter for measuring the amount of electric power used
electrometer - meter to measure electrostatic voltage differences; draws no current from the source
fluxmeter - meter that measures magnetic flux by the current it generates in a coil
galvanometer - meter for detecting or comparing or measuring small electric currents
gas meter, gasometer - a meter for measuring the amount of gas flowing through a particular pipe
gaussmeter, magnetometer - a meter to compare strengths of magnetic fields
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
hodometer, mileometer, milometer, odometer - a meter that shows mileage traversed
ohmmeter - a meter for measuring electrical resistance in ohms
postage meter - meter for bulk mailings that imprints correct prepaid postage on pieces of mail and records the total charge
radiometer - meter to detect and measure radiant energy (electromagnetic or acoustic)
reflectometer - a meter that measures the reflectance of a surface
speed indicator, speedometer - a meter fixed to a vehicle that measures and displays its speed
taximeter - a meter in a taxi that registers the fare (based on the length of the ride)
voltmeter - meter that measures the potential difference between two points
volumeter - a meter to measure the volume of gases, liquids, or solids (either directly or by displacement)
water meter - meter for measuring the quantity of water passing through a particular outlet
3.meter - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of versemeter - (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
4.meter - rhythm as given by division into parts of equal durationmeter - 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
Verb1.meter - measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"
measure, quantify - express as a number or measure or quantity; "Can you quantify your results?"
2.meter - stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail"
stamp - affix a stamp to; "Are the letters properly stamped?"


The patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music:
عَدّادُمِتْرمِتْرٌيَقيس بالمِتْر
metrměřicí přístrojměřitelektroměrhodiny
elektromermerací prístrojmeter
metresayaçölçme aletiölçmek
métdụng cụ đo


1 [ˈmiːtəʳ] Ncontador m, medidor m (LAm); (in taxi) → taxímetro m
gas/electricity metercontador de gas/de electricidad
parking meterparquímetro m


(= instrument) → compteur m
(also parking meter) → parcmètre m
(US) = metre
vt [+ water, electricity] → contrôler la consommation demeter reader nreleveur/euse m/f de compteurs


nZähler m; (= gas meter also)Gasuhr f; (= water meter)Wasseruhr f; (= parking meter)Parkuhr f; (= exposure or light meter)Belichtungsmesser m; (= coin meter)Münzzähler m; the meter has run out (parking meter) → die Parkuhr ist abgelaufen; (coin meter) → es ist kein Geld mehr im Zähler; to turn the water/gas off at the meterdas Wasser/Gas am Hauptschalter abstellen; to turn the electricity off at the meterden Strom am Hauptschalter abschalten


1 [ˈmiːtəʳ] n (gen) → contatore m; (parking meter) → parchimetro
electricity meter → contatore dell'elettricità


(ˈmiːtə) noun
1. an instrument for measuring, especially quantities of electricity, gas, water etc. If you want to know how much electricity you have used you will have to look at the meter.
2. (American) see metre1, ~metre2.
to measure (especially electricity etc) by using a meter. This instrument meters rainfall.


عَدّادُ, مِتْرٌ měřicí přístroj, metr meter Meter, Zähler μετρητής, μέτρο contador, metro metri, mittari compteur, mètre metar, mjerač metro メーター, メートル 미터 meter måler, meter metr medidor, metro измерительный прибор, метр meter เมตร, หน่วยวัดความยาวเป็นเมตร metre, sayaç dụng cụ đo, mét 仪表,


n (measuring device) medidor m; (unit of length) metro; blood glucose — medidor de glucosa en sangre, aparato para medir el azúcar en la sangre; square — metro cuadrado
References in classic literature ?
And we are making seven miles an hour," I concluded for him, as I sat with my eyes upon the distance meter.
I sat with my eyes glued to the thermometer and the distance meter.
With my last flickering ray of consciousness I turned mechanically toward the distance meter.
Her attention was only aroused again when Rodney raised his finger--a sign, she knew, that the meter was about to change.
It may be asked further of poetry, whether the meter and stanza structure are appropriate to the mood and thought and so handled as to bring out the emotion effectively; and whether the sound is adapted to the sense (for example, musical where the idea is of peace or quiet beauty).
Meter, the distinguishing formal mark of poetry and all verse, is merely rhythm which is regular in certain fundamental respects, roughly speaking is rhythm in which the recurrence of stressed syllables or of feet with definite time-values is regular.
The word 'verse' in its general sense includes all writing in meter.
Halpin was pretty generally deprecated as an intellectual black sheep who was likely at any moment to disgrace the flock by bleating in meter.
thick panels at 2 to 200 min; continuous scrap-foam rebonding lines; rigid and flexible foam molding lines; three- or four-component phenolic foam machines that meter, mix and pour or spray phenolics in viscosities from 5000 to 100,000 cp; and line of high-production cutters for rigid and flexible foams.
FlexNet, a radio frequency (RF) fixed network utility meter reading system designed to increase meter reading efficiency, reduce overhead costs, and enhance customer service, is now available to the electricity and combination utilities.
The DEP is planning on billing everyone on meter billing.
In a transfer and meter system, transfer pumps instead of metering pumps are located in the ram/follow plate assemblies.