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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.
OTHER WORDS FROM meterun·me·tered, adjective
Definition for meter (4 of 4)
Origin of -meter
Example sentences from the Web for meter
On average, an estimated 365 microplastic particles per square meter per day rained down on that site during the study period, about as much as falls from the sky in some cities.Plastics are showing up in the world’s most remote places, including Mount Everest|Carolyn Wilke|November 20, 2020|Science News
Among the 60-plus species of mammals that glide, including several gliders and flying squirrels, Sunda colugos have been recorded gliding as far as 145 meters.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops|Yao-Hua Law|November 20, 2020|Science News
The first time they met, their conversation was so engaging that he had to leave twice to feed the parking meter.This AI whiz could be the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs, but first she has to navigate being 18|Taylor Telford|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
Such cores can be hundreds of meters long, taken up in sections.Preserving a Sense of Wonder in DNA - Issue 92: Frontiers|Virat Markandeya|October 28, 2020|Nautilus
If venturing outside, rain, and water sources are no match for its IPX7 waterproof design—it can even survive full submersion in up to a meter of water.
All the services at the present time are metered, and the meter system will be used throughout.ASCE 1193: The Water-Works and Sewerage of Monterrey, N. L., Mexico|George Robert Graham Conway
Nowadays, our drugs are carefully measured, mixed, and metered for each individual.The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
It does not cost us anything, it isn't metered out to us, so we have a saying, "as free as air."The Children's Six Minutes|Bruce S. Wright
All water is metered and sells for 40 cents per thousand cub.
British Dictionary definitions for meter (1 of 4)
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Word Origin for meter
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n combining form
Word Origin for -meter
Medical definitions for meter (1 of 2)
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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.