the fundamental unit of length in the metric system, equivalent to 39.37 U.S. inches, originally intended to be, and being very nearly, equal to one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the pole measured on a meridian: defined from 1889 to 1960 as the distance between two lines on a platinum-iridium bar (the “International Prototype Meter”) preserved at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures near Paris; from 1960 to 1983 defined as 1,650,763.73 wavelengths of the orange-red radiation of krypton 86 under specified conditions; and now defined as 1/299,792,458 of the distance light travels in a vacuum in one second. Abbreviation: m
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.
Also especially British, me·tre.
Origin of meter
before 900;Middle Englishmetir, metur,Old Englishmeter < Latinmetrum poetic meter, verse < Greekmétron measure; replacing Middle Englishmetre < Middle French < Latin as above
Definition for metre (3 of 3)
[ mee-ter ]
/ ˈmi tər /
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.
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
Word Origin for metre
C18: from French; see metre ²
British Dictionary definitions for metre (2 of 5)
/ (ˈmiːtə) /
prosodythe rhythmic arrangement of syllables in verse, usually according to the number and kind of feet in a line
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.