meter

3
[ mee-ter ]
/ ˈmi tər /

noun

an instrument for measuring, especially one that automatically measures and records the quantity of something, as of gas, water, miles, or time, when it is activated.

verb (used with object), me·tered, me·ter·ing or (especially British) me·tred, me·tring.

to measure by means of a meter.
to process (mail) by means of a postage meter.
Also especially British, me·tre.

Origin of meter

3
First recorded in 1805–15; see origin at mete1, -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM meter

un·me·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metering (1 of 3)

meter1
/ (ˈmiːtə) /

noun

the US spelling of metre 1

British Dictionary definitions for metering (2 of 3)

meter2
/ (ˈmiːtə) /

noun

the US spelling of metre 2

British Dictionary definitions for metering (3 of 3)

meter3
/ (ˈmiːtə) /

noun

any device that measures and records the quantity of a substance, such as gas, that has passed through it during a specified period
any device that measures and sometimes records an electrical or magnetic quantity, such as current, voltage, etc

verb (tr)

to measure (a rate of flow) with a meter
to print with stamps by means of a postage meter

Word Origin for meter

C19: see mete 1
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Medicine definitions for metering

meter
[ mētər ]

n.

The standard unit of length in the International System of Units that is equivalent to 39.37 inches.
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Science definitions for metering

meter
[ mētər ]

The basic unit of length in the metric system, equal to 39.37 inches. See Table at measurement.
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Culture definitions for metering (1 of 2)

meter

The highly organized rhythm characteristic of verse; the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line. (See iambic pentameter.)

Culture definitions for metering (2 of 2)

meter

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.

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