- a combining form meaning “measure,” used in the names of instruments measuring quantity, extent, degree, etc.: altimeter; barometer.
Origin of -meter
< New Latin -metrum < Greek métron measure
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- indicating an instrument for measuringbarometer
- prosody indicating a verse having a specified number of feetpentameter
from Greek metron measure
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Word Origin and History for -meter
word-forming element meaning "device or instrument for measuring; commonly -ometer, occasionally -imeter; from French -mètre, from Greek metron (see meter (n.3)).
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- Measuring device:refractometer.
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