What does meter mean?

Definitions for meter
ˈmi tərme·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word meter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. meter, metre, mnoun

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

  2. meternoun

    any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity

  3. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadencenoun

    (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

  4. meter, metre, timeverb

    rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

  5. meterverb

    measure with a meter

    "meter the flow of water"

  6. meterverb

    stamp with a meter indicating the postage

    "meter the mail"

Wiktionary

  1. meternoun

    (always meter) A device that measures things.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  2. meternoun

    A parking meter.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  3. meternoun

    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.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  4. meternoun

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

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  5. meternoun

    The rhythm pattern in a poem.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  6. meterverb

    To measure with a metering device.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  7. meterverb

    To imprint a postage mark with a postage meter

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meternoun

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

    Etymology: [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. . See Meter rhythm.]

  2. Meternoun

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

    Etymology: [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. . See Meter rhythm.]

  3. Meternoun

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

    Etymology: [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. . See Meter rhythm.]

  4. Meternoun

    alt. of Metre

    Etymology: [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. . See Meter rhythm.]

Freebase

  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Meter

    a form of metre.

  2. Meter

    mē′tėr, n. one who, or that which, measures, esp. an apparatus for recording automatically the quantity of a fluid passing through it, as in gas-meter, water-meter, &c.—v.t. to measure by a meter.—n. Mē′terage.—Dry meter, a gas-meter with bellows-like apparatus and no liquid. [Metre.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. METER

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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. meter

    The French standard of linear measure, intended to be the ten-millionth part of the earth’s quadrant, from the equator to the pole. It is equal to 39.370 British, or 39.369 American inches.

Editors Contribution

  1. meter

    A type of device created to measure a quantity of power or energy.

    The electricity meter was on the wall up near the ceiling.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

Entomology

  1. Meter

    the standard of length in the metric system = 39.37 inches: see centimeter and millimeter.

Anagrams for meter »

  1. remet

  2. retem

  3. metre

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of meter in a Sentence

  1. Steve Prefontaine:

    A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself.

  2. Francesco Starace:

    While we are visiting these homes, the same people that will shut the power off and take the old meter out ... can also put in fibre optic cables into the pipe going out to our cabin.

  3. Jeremy Goldbogen:

    First we have to find a blue whale, which can be very difficult because these animals range across vast swaths of the open ocean. By combining many years of field experience and some luck, we position a small, rigid-hulled, inflatable boat on the whale's left side, we then have to deploy the tag using a six-meter (20-foot) long carbon-fiber pole. As the whale surfaces to breathe, we tag the whale in a location that we think is closest to the heart: just behind the whale's left flipper.

  4. Samuel Tadros:

    The law ties approval of new church and its physical size to the size of the Christian community in the area. Who decides which size is adequate? One square meter per worshipper? Half a meter? Does a child get less space? The law suggests governor approval would follow consultation with ‘responsible authorities,’ but who are these? the governor is to reply within four months whether a church is approved or not. But there is no mechanism or remedy to the situation if he does not reply.

  5. Joe Biden:

    This was the diving board area, and I was one of the guards, and they werent allowed to -- it was a 3-meter board. And if you fell off sideways, you landed on the damn, er, darn cement over there.

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