Origin of meter1
Words nearby meter
Other definitions 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
Other definitions for meter (3 of 4)
OTHER WORDS FROM meterun·me·tered, adjective
Other definitions for meter (4 of 4)
Origin of -meter
How to use meter in a sentence
We’d drill down about a meter, scan the borehole for organic matter, and then drill down another meter, looking for life as we went.He Found ‘Islands of Fertility’ Beneath Antarctica’s Ice|Steve Nadis|July 20, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Normally, the top meter or so of the permafrost, called the “active layer,” actually thaws in summer.4 ways to put the 100-degree Arctic heat record in context|Carolyn Gramling|July 1, 2020|Science News
They also used data from smart meters in homes and other measures of energy use.CO2 emissions have nosedived as COVID-19 keeps people home|Carolyn Gramling|May 27, 2020|Science News For Students
Billions of cubic meters of concrete are produced every year.This ‘living’ concrete slurps up a greenhouse gas|Carolyn Wilke|May 6, 2020|Science News For Students
On the scale of a billionth of a meter, it’s called a nanotube.Here’s how butterfly wings keep cool in the sun|Erin Garcia de Jesus|March 6, 2020|Science News For Students
The concentration of PM2.5, the smallest particulate matter, is at 153 micrograms per cubic meter.Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit|Jake Adelstein|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You can only see from above about a meter below the surface.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss|Andrew Romano|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government of Colombia decided to loan the 28,000 square meter fixer-upper to a fraternity of hermetic Benedictine monks.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens|Jeff Campagna|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Richard Abowitz|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The calorie meter—accurate or not—helps too, because it feels like an accomplishment to see that number go up.Can I Lose Weight Playing Video Games?|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Down the block, a taxi that had been parked with meter ticking across from Engel's apartment-hotel drew away slowly.
Plants are set out one meter apart in each direction, as they spread considerably.Philippine Mats|Hugo H. Miller
I think the change began with the failure of the supply of gas from the penny-in-the-slot meter.In Accordance with the Evidence|Oliver Onions
Indeed, he states explicitly that most forms of poetry do use all of the media mentioned: rhythm, tune, and meter.Rhetoric and Poetry in the Renaissance|Donald Lemen Clark
I have been glad ever since to live where there is nothing more to do than turn the gas off at the meter when one goes to bed.Thirty Years in Australia|Ada Cambridge
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Word Origin for meter
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Scientific definitions for meter
Cultural definitions for meter (1 of 2)
The highly organized rhythm characteristic of verse; the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line. (See iambic pentameter.)
Cultural 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.