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tr.v. met·ed, met·ing, metes
1. To distribute or allot. Often used with out: mete out justice.
2. Archaic To measure.
A boundary line; a limit.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin mēta, turning post, boundary.]
(usually foll by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
poetic dialect (to) measure
[Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure]
(Historical Terms) rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
[C15: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)]
v.t. met•ed, met•ing.
1. to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usu. fol. by out): to mete out praise.
2. Archaic. to measure.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English metan; c. Old High German mez(z)an to measure, akin to Old Irish midithir (he) judges, Greek mḗdesthai to provide for]
1. a limiting mark.
2. a limit or boundary: metes and bounds.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin mēta goal, turning post]
Past participle: meted
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|Noun||1.||mete - a line that indicates a boundary |
circumference, circuit - the boundary line encompassing an area or object; "he had walked the full circumference of his land"; "a danger to all races over the whole circumference of the globe"
fence line - a boundary line created by a fence
property line - the boundary line between two pieces of property