Origin of meter1
Definition for meter (2 of 4)
- 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
Definition for meter (3 of 4)
verb (used with object), me·tered, me·ter·ing or (especially British) me·tred, me·tring.
Definition for meter (4 of 4)
Origin of -meter
Examples from the Web for meter
You can only see from above about a meter below the surface.
On one recent night, with only a brief break between, she had two five-hour private sessions—the meter running by the minute.
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There was not13 a station in the city licensed to send 1200 meter wave lengths.Curlie Carson Listens In|Roy J. Snell
Turn the upper of the two dials until the hand of the meter beside it moves up to 2700 exactly.The Infra-Medians|Sewell Peaslee Wright
In the afternoon, during a march along the road, the Meter directed the company to be halted and its commander to report to him.Atlantic Narratives|Mary Antin
Hold a yardstick or meter stick beside the tube, remembering to keep the tube straight up and down.Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
"Turn the gas off at the meter, and leave him in the dark next time," said Mr. Wesden.Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 1 of 3)|Frederick William Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for meter (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for meter (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for meter (3 of 4)
Word Origin for meter
British Dictionary definitions for meter (4 of 4)
n combining form
Word Origin for -meter
Word Origin and History for meter (1 of 5)
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.
Word Origin and History for meter (1 of 5)
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.
Word Origin and History for meter (2 of 5)
"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.
Word Origin and History for meter (3 of 5)
"to measure by means of a meter," 1884, from meter (n.3). Meaning "install parking meters" is from 1957.
Word Origin and History for meter (4 of 5)
word-forming element meaning "device or instrument for measuring; commonly -ometer, occasionally -imeter; from French -mètre, from Greek metron (see meter (n.3)).
Medicine definitions for meter (1 of 2)
Medicine definitions for meter (2 of 2)
Science definitions for meter
Culture definitions for meter (1 of 2)
Culture definitions for meter (2 of 2)
The basic unit of length in the metric system; it was originally planned so that the circumference of the Earth would be measured at about forty million meters. A meter is 39.37 inches. Today, the meter is defined to be the distance light travels in 1 / 299,792,458 seconds.