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meter

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noun me·ter \ˈmē-tər\

Definition of meter

  1. 1 a :  systematically arranged and measured rhythm in verse: (1) :  rhythm that continuously repeats a single basic pattern <iambic meter> (2) :  rhythm characterized by regular recurrence of a systematic arrangement of basic patterns in larger figures <ballad meter> b :  a measure or unit of metrical verse —usually used in combination <pentameter> — compare foot 4 c :  a fixed metrical pattern :  verse form

  2. 2 :  the basic recurrent rhythmical pattern of note values, accents, and beats per measure in music



Origin and Etymology of meter

Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English mēter, from Latin metrum, from Greek metron measure, meter; Anglo-French metre, from Latin metrum — more at measure


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with meter

beater, bleater, cheater, eater, fetor, greeter, heater, liter, meeter, peter, pleater, praetor, rhetor, seater, sheeter, skeeter, teeter, treater, tweeter


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meter

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noun met·er \ˈmē-tər\

Definition of meter

  1. :  one that measures; especially :  an official measurer of commodities



Origin and Etymology of meter

Middle English, from meten to mete


First Known Use: 14th century


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meter

noun me·ter

Definition of meter

  1. :  the base unit of length in the International System of Units that is equal to the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in 1299,792,458 second or to about 39.37 inches — see metric system table



Origin and Etymology of meter

French mètre, from Greek metron measure


First Known Use: 1797

Other Weights and Measures Terms


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meter

noun me·ter

Definition of meter

  1. 1 :  an instrument for measuring and sometimes recording the time or amount of something <a parking meter> <a gas meter>

  2. 2 :  postage meter; also :  a marking printed by a postage meter



Origin and Etymology of meter

-meter


First Known Use: 1815


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meter

verb me·ter

Definition of meter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to measure by means of a meter

  3. 2 :  to supply in a measured or regulated amount

  4. 3 :  to print postal indicia on by means of a postage meter



1878

First Known Use of meter

1878


-meter

noun combining form me·ter

Simple Definition of -meter

  • : device used to measure something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of -meter

  1. :  instrument or means for measuring <barometer>

Origin and Etymology of -meter

French -mètre, from Greek metron measure



METER Defined for Kids

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meter

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noun me·ter \ˈmē-tər\

Definition of meter for Students

  1. 1 :  a planned rhythm in poetry that is usually repeated

  2. 2 :  the repeated pattern of musical beats in a measure




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meter

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noun me·ter

Definition of meter for Students

  1. :  a measure of length on which the metric system is based and which is equal to about 39.37 inches




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meter

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noun me·ter

Definition of meter for Students

  1. :  an instrument for measuring and sometimes recording the amount of something <a gas meter>




-meter

noun suffix me·ter

Definition of -meter for Students

  1. :  instrument for measuring <thermometer>




Medical Dictionary

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meter

noun me·ter

Medical Definition of meter

  1. :  the base unit of length in the International System of Units that is equal to the distance traveled in a vacuum by light in 1/299,792,458 second or to about 39.37 inches



Variants of meter

or chiefly British

metre

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meter

noun me·ter

Medical Definition of meter

  1. :  an instrument for measuring and sometimes recording the time or amount of something





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