Definitions for Meterˈmi tər
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meter, metre, m(noun)
the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence(noun)
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
meter, metre, time(verb)
rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
measure with a meter
"meter the flow of water"
stamp with a meter indicating the postage
"meter the mail"
(always meter) A device that measures things.
A parking meter.
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.
an increment of music; the overall rhythm; particularly, the number of beats in a measure.
The rhythm pattern in a poem.
To measure with a metering device.
To imprint a postage mark with a postage meter
Origin: From mètre, from μέτρον
one who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter
an instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured
a line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it
alt. of Metre
Origin: [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. . See Meter rhythm.]
Meter or metre is a term that music has inherited from the rhythmic element of poetry where it means the number of lines in a verse, the number of syllables in each line and the arrangement of those syllables as long or short, accented or unaccented. Hence it may also refer to the pattern of lines and accents in the verse of a hymn or ballad, for example, and so to the organization of music into regularly recurring measures or bars of stressed and unstressed "beats", indicated in Western music notation by a time signature and bar-lines. The terminology of western music is notoriously imprecise in this area. MacPherson preferred to speak of "time" and "rhythmic shape", Imogen Holst of "measured rhythm". However, London has written a book about musical metre, which "involves our initial perception as well as subsequent anticipation of a series of beats that we abstract from the rhythm surface of the music as it unfolds in time". This "perception" and "abstraction" of rhythmic measure is the foundation of human instinctive musical participation, as when we divide a series of identical clock-ticks into "tick-tock-tick-tock". "Rhythms of recurrence" arise from the interaction of two levels of motion, the faster providing the pulse and the slower organizing the beats into repetitive groups. "Once a metric hierarchy has been established, we, as listeners, will maintain that organization as long as minimal evidence is present".
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
The gas man's trysting place. "Meet her in the cellar!"
Translations for Meter
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- metro, medidor, contadorSpanish
- اندازهگیر, سنجهPersian
- mittari, mittatikku, mitta, tahtilaji, runomittaFinnish
- mètre, compteurFrench
- méadar, meadaracht, aisteIrish
- inneal-tomhaisScottish Gaelic
- հաշվիչ, չափիչArmenian
- metro, contatoreItalian
- 計量器, 拍子, メーター, 韻律Japanese
- мерач, ме́тарMacedonian
- meter, tellerDutch
- miernik, metrumPolish
- metru, ritm, contorRomanian
- разме́р, ритм, счётчик, измери́тельRussian
- mȅtar, ме̏тарSerbo-Croatian
- -meter, mätare, takt, taktartSwedish
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