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Meaning of meter by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From French mètre, from Ancient Greek μέτρον ( metron, “measure” )


    • IPA: /ˈmiːtə( ɻ )/
    • Rhymes: -iːtə( r )


    meter ( plural: meters )

    1. ( always meter ) A device that measures things .
    2. A parking meter .
    3. ( 主にUS, elsewhere metre ) The base unit of length in the International System of Units ( SI ), equal to the distance light will travel in a vacuum in 1/299792458 second .
    4. ( music ) an increment of music; the overall rhythm; particularly, the number of beats in a measure .
    5. ( prosody ) The rhythm pattern in a poem .



    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/29 00:29 UTC Version )

    Alternative forms

    • -metre


    From Ancient Greek μέτρον ( metron, “measure” ) .



    1. Used to form the names of measuring devices .

    Usage notes

    Words with the suffix -meter always has a primary stress on the antepenultimate syllable: barometer, speedometer, tachometer, etc. Words derived from meter with a prefix usually have a primary stress on the first syllable: centimeter, millimeter, etc .

    Derived terms

    See also

    • -metre

Explanation of meter by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. measure with a meter

    2. meter the flow of water
    3. stamp with a meter indicating the postage

    4. meter the mail
    1. any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity

    2. rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

    3. the accent in a metrical foot of verse

    4. the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites ( approximately 1.094 yards )

    Definition of meter by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Meter n. [From Mete to measure.]
      1. One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter.

      2. An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured.

      Dry meter, a gas meter having measuring chambers, with flexible walls, which expand and contract like bellows and measure the gas by filling and emptying. -- Wet meter, a gas meter in which the revolution of a chambered drum in water measures the gas passing through it.

    2. Meter, n. A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.

    3. Meter, Metre n. [OE. metre, F. mètre, L. metrum, fr. Gr. ; akin to Skr. mā to measure. See Mete to measure.]
      1. Rhythmical arrangement of syllables or words into verses, stanzas, strophes, etc.; poetical measure, depending on number, quantity, and accent of syllables; rhythm; measure; verse; also, any specific rhythmical arrangements; as, “the Horatian meters; a dactylic meter.”

      The only strict antithesis to prose is meter. Wordsworth.

      2. A poem. [Obs.] Robynson ( More's Utopia ).

      3. A measure of length, equal to 39.37 English inches, the standard of linear measure in the metric system of weights and measures. It was intended to be, and is very nearly, the ten millionth part of the distance from the equator to the north pole, as ascertained by actual measurement of an arc of a meridian. See Metric system, under Metric.

      Common meter ( Hymnol. ), four iambic verses, or lines, making a stanza, the first and third having each four feet, and the second and fourth each three feet; -- usually indicated by the initials C. M. -- Long meter ( Hymnol. ), iambic verses or lines of four feet each, four verses usually making a stanza; -- commonly indicated by the initials L. M. -- Short meter ( Hymnol. ), iambic verses or lines, the first, second, and fourth having each three feet, and the third four feet. The stanza usually consists of four lines, but is sometimes doubled. Short meter is indicated by the initials S. M.