Origin of meter1
- the rhythmic element as measured by division into parts of equal time value.
- the unit of measurement, in terms of number of beats, adopted for a given piece of music.Compare measure(def 14).
- poetic measure; arrangement of words in regularly measured, patterned, or rhythmic lines or verses.
- a particular form of such arrangement, depending on either the kind or the number of feet constituting the verse or both rhythmic kind and number of feet (usually used in combination): pentameter; dactylic meter; iambic trimeter.
Origin of meter2
verb (used with object), me·tered, me·ter·ing or (especially British) me·tred, me·tring.
Origin of meter3
Origin of -meter
Related Words for meterfeet, cadency, pattern, measure, rhyme, poetry, lilt, music, structure, swing, cadence, mora
Examples from the Web for meter
Contemporary Examples of meter
You can only see from above about a meter below the surface.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
On one recent night, with only a brief break between, she had two five-hour private sessions—the meter running by the minute.Meet LittleRedBunny, the Queen of Cam Girls
March 2, 2014
Bud Light: Rescue Dog Weego Year: 2012 Ad Meter Score: 8.42 Kellogg Grade: C Share Price Change: 1.61 percent 6.
Skechers: Dog in Sneakers Year: 2012 Ad Meter Score: 8.57 Kellogg Grade: A Share Price Change: 1.74 percent 2.
Doritos: Dog-Collar Revenge Year: 2010 Ad Meter Score: 8.27 Kellogg Grade: B Share Price Change: 3.30 percent 5.
Historical Examples of meter
It even included a meter to determine the current actually consumed.The Age of Invention
It was all a new experience to him, and his meter was registering the time.
Not more than half a meter from the pavement, it checked its fall and settled.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
His greatest work, "Harmony and Meter," was published in 1853.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
The meter only registered eightpence, but she gave me half-a-crown.The Yellow Claw
Word Origin for meter
n combining form
Word Origin for -meter
also metre, "poetic measure," Old English meter "meter, versification," from Latin metrum, from Greek metron "meter, a verse; that by which anything is measured; measure, length, size, limit, proportion," from PIE root *me- "measure" (see meter (n.2)). Possibly reborrowed early 14c. (after a 300-year gap in recorded use) from Old French metre, with specific sense of "metrical scheme in verse," from Latin metrum.
also metre, unit of length, 1797, from French mètre (18c.), from Greek metron "measure," from PIE root *me- "to measure" (cf. Greek metra "lot, portion," Sanskrit mati "measures," matra "measure," Avestan, Old Persian ma-, Latin metri "to measure"). Developed by French Academy of Sciences for system of weights and measures based on a decimal system originated 1670 by French clergyman Gabriel Mouton. Originally intended to be one ten-millionth of the length of a quadrant of the meridian.
"device for measuring," abstracted 1832 from gas-meter, etc., from French -mètre, used in combinations (in English from 1790), from Latin metrum "measure" or cognate Greek metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)). Influenced by English meter "person who measures" (late 14c., agent noun from mete (v.)). As short for parking meter from 1960. Meter maid first recorded 1957; meter reader 1963.
"to measure by means of a meter," 1884, from meter (n.3). Meaning "install parking meters" is from 1957.
word-forming element meaning "device or instrument for measuring; commonly -ometer, occasionally -imeter; from French -mètre, from Greek metron (see meter (n.3)).