What does meter mean?

Definitions for meter
ˈmi tərme·ter

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. meter(Noun)

    (always meter) A device that measures things.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  2. meter(Noun)

    A parking meter.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  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.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  4. meter(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  5. meter(Noun)

    The rhythm pattern in a poem.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  6. meter(Verb)

    To measure with a metering device.

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

  7. meter(Verb)

    To imprint a postage mark with a postage meter

    Etymology: From mètre, from μέτρον

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meter(noun)

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

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

  2. Meter(noun)

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

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

  3. Meter(noun)

    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. Meter(noun)

    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  

Anagrams for meter »

  1. remet

  2. retem

  3. metre

How to pronounce meter?

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How to say meter in sign language?

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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. Lloyd Jackson:

    County officials have yet to make a decision as to what to do with the facility. But while they dither, the monthly meter is running. According to figures compiled by the Detroit Free Press some of the monthly costs include : Despite the hefty costs of The Wayne County Jail, and the county teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans does not appear to be any closer to making a decision on the building site. Due to the county's financial state, anything done on the... jail will just add to the deficit, once the deficit has been solved, the county can move forward with options on whether to finish the Gratiot site or renovate the three existing jails. As the county makes progress on its recovery plan, it will better be able to solve the jail issue. The Wayne County Jail was originally proposed as a $ 300 million, 2,000-bed jail that would combine the other county correctional facilities. Ground was broken on the work site in September 2011, but was stalled nearly two years later, in June 2013, when a 60-day suspension was imposed after projected cost overruns totaled nearly $ 100 million. Construction never resumed, and later that summer, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into the project. The investigation led to the arrest of former Wayne County Chief Financial Officer Carla Sledge, attorney Steven Collins and construction manager Anthony Parlovecchio. Five parties have expressed interest in buying the construction site, including Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, who has been active in Detroit’s ongoing attempt at urban renewal. But so far, the county has not accepted any offers — which is proving costly to taxpayers.

  2. Unknown:

    If nothingness could be measured, the level of his reflection would serve as a standard meter!

  3. Hasan Mahmud:

    If the sea level is rising by one meter, the map of Bangladesh will be changed.

  4. Fabrice Goffin:

    The robot itself is a meter 20 high, so it is not like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a leather jacket and an 'I will be back' robot, it is a quite nice robot and the reactions are positive for the moment.

  5. Michel Gomes:

    We aren't going to tell them to sit a meter apart because it will make them even more scared. If they want to sit together, that's their choice.

Images & Illustrations of meter

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