noun me·ter \ˈmē-tər\

Definition of METER

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

Origin 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

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


noun met·er \ˈmē-tər\

Definition of METER

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

Origin of METER

Middle English, from meten to mete
First Known Use: 14th century


noun me·ter

Definition of METER

:  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 of METER

French mètre, from Greek metron measure
First Known Use: 1797

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain


noun me·ter

Definition of METER

:  an instrument for measuring and sometimes recording the time or amount of something <a parking meter> <a gas meter>
:  postage meter; also :  a marking printed by a postage meter

Origin of METER

First Known Use: 1815


verb me·ter

Definition of METER

transitive verb
:  to measure by means of a meter
:  to supply in a measured or regulated amount
:  to print postal indicia on by means of a postage meter

First Known Use of METER



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