metre

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US meter

/ (ˈmiːtə) /

noun

a metric unit of length equal to approximately 1.094 yards
the basic SI unit of length; the length of the path travelled by light in free space during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. In 1983 this definition replaced the previous one based on krypton-86, which in turn had replaced the definition based on the platinum-iridium metre bar kept in Paris

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Word Origin for metre

C18: from French; see metre ²

British Dictionary definitions for metre (2 of 2)

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US meter

/ (ˈmiːtə) /

noun

prosody the rhythmic arrangement of syllables in verse, usually according to the number and kind of feet in a line
music another word (esp US) for time (def. 22)

Word Origin for metre

C14: from Latin metrum, from Greek metron measure
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