meter(redirected from meters)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.
Related to meters: metric system
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.
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.]
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.
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.
(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
4. to measure (a rate of flow) with a meter
5. to print with stamps by means of a postage meter
[C19: see mete1]
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]
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]
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.
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.
In British English, a metre is a unit of length equal to 39.37 inches.
The blue whale grows to over 30 metres long.
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
1. The rythmical structure of a line of verse.
2. (m) A unit of length equal to 100 cm.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||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
|2.||meter - any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity|
ammeter - a meter that measures the flow of electrical current in amperes
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
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
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
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 verse|
catalexis - the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
scansion - analysis of verse into metrical patterns
|4.||meter - 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
|Verb||1.||meter - measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"|
|2.||meter - stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail"|
stamp - affix a stamp to; "Are the letters properly stamped?"
métdụng cụ đo
n → Zähler 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 meter → das Wasser/Gas am Hauptschalter abstellen; to turn the electricity off at the meter → den Strom am Hauptschalter abschalten
vt → messen
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. meter مِتْر метър contador měřicí přístroj, hodiny, elektroměr der Messer måler μετρητής, όργανο μέτρησης contador arvesti کنتور mittaväline compteurמונה मापक mjerni instrument mérőóra meteran mælir contatore メーター 계량기 skaitiklis skaitītājs; mērītājs meter metermålerlicznik متر contador contor счётчик merací prístroj; hodiny; elektromer števec merač mätare เครื่องวัด ölçme aleti, sayaç 計量器 лічильник; вимірювальний прилад پیمائش کا آلہ dụng cụ đo 计量器
2. (American) see metre1, ~metre2.verb
to measure (especially electricity etc) by using a meter. This instrument meters rainfall. meet يَقيس بالمِتْر измервам medir měřit messen måle μετρώ με μετρητή medir mõõtma اندازه گیری mitata mesurer לִמדוֹד בְּמוֹנֶה मापकर्ता mjeriti mér mengukur mæla misurare 測る 계량기로 재다 matuoti mērīt meter methodemåle, tellemierzyć اندازه كول medir a măsura; a contoriza измерять merať meriti meriti mäta วัดมาตร ölçmek 用計量器測量 вимірювати میٹر سے پیمائش کرنا đo (bằng đồng hồ) 用表测量（或计量）