Definitions for Meterˈmi tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

me•terˈmi tər(n.)

  1. the base SI unit of length, equivalent to 39.37 U.S. inches; now defined as 1/299,792,458 of the distance light travels in a vacuum in one second.

    Category: Weights and Measures

    Ref: Abbr.: m 4

Origin of meter:

1790–1800; < F mètre < Gk métron measure

me•terˈmi tər(n.)

  1. the rhythmic element in music as measured by division into parts of equal time value. the unit of measurement, in terms of number of beats, adopted for a piece of music.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. the arrangement of words in rhythmic lines; poetic measure. a particular rhythmic arrangement in a line, based on kind or kind and number of feet: dactylic meter. rhythmic arrangement of stanzas or strophes, based on the kind and number of lines.

    Category: Prosody

Origin of meter:

bef. 900; ME metre, OE meter < L metrum meter, verse < Gk métron measure

me•terˈmi tər(n.)

  1. an instrument for measuring and recording the quantity of something, as of gas, water, miles, or time.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: parking meter.

  3. (v.t.)to measure by means of a meter.

  4. to process (mail) by means of a postage meter.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Philately

Origin of meter:

1805–15; independent use of -meter, influenced in some senses by mete1


  1. a combining form meaning “measure,” used in the names of instruments measuring quantity, extent, degree, etc.: altimeter; barometer.

    Category: Affix, Weights and Measures

    Ref: Compare -metry.

Origin of -meter:

< NL -metrum < Gk métron measure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. meter, metre, m(noun)

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

  2. meter(noun)

    any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity

  3. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence(noun)

    (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

  4. meter, metre, time(verb)

    rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

  5. meter(verb)

    measure with a meter

    "meter the flow of water"

  6. meter(verb)

    stamp with a meter indicating the postage

    "meter the mail"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. meter(noun)ˈmi tər

    a unit or measurement in the metric system equal to 100cm


  1. meter(Noun)

    (always meter) A device that measures things.

  2. meter(Noun)

    A parking meter.

  3. meter(Noun)

    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. meter(Noun)

    an increment of music; the overall rhythm; particularly, the number of beats in a measure.

  5. meter(Noun)

    The rhythm pattern in a poem.

  6. meter(Verb)

    To measure with a metering device.

  7. meter(Verb)

    To imprint a postage mark with a postage meter

  8. Origin: From mètre, from μέτρον

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meter(noun)

    one who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter

  2. Meter(noun)

    an instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured

  3. Meter(noun)

    a line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it

  4. Meter(noun)

    alt. of Metre


  1. Meter

    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

  1. METER

    The gas man's trysting place. "Meet her in the cellar!"

Anagrams of Meter

  1. remet

  2. retem

  3. metre

Translations for Meter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an instrument for measuring, especially quantities of electricity, gas, water etc

If you want to know how much electricity you have used you will have to look at the meter.

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