- The definition of meter is a pattern of beats, the basic linear measurement of the metric system, or a person or device that measures.
- An example of a meter is the basic rhythm of a song.
- An example of a meter is 39.37 inches.
- An example of a meter is a land surveyor who measures property boundaries.
- Meter is defined as measure, or give a measured amount.
An example of meter is measuring the size of a house lot.
- rhythm in verse; measured, patterned arrangement of syllables, primarily according to stress or length
- the specific rhythm as determined by the prevailing foot and the number of feet in the line: iambic meter
- the specific rhythmic pattern of a stanza as determined by the kind and number of lines
- the basic pattern of beats in successive measures of a piece of music: it is usually indicated in the time signature
Origin of meterFr mètre: see -meter the basic unit of linear measure in the metric system, equal to 39.3701 inches: now defined in the SI system as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second: abbrev. m
Origin of meterMiddle English metre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin metrum ; from Classical Greek metron, measure ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mē-, to mark off, measure
Origin of metermete + -er a person who measures; esp., an official who measures commodities
Origin of meter< words ending in -meter
- an instrument or apparatus for measuring; esp., an apparatus for measuring and recording the quantity or rate of flow of gas, electricity, or water passing through it
- ☆ postage meter
- ☆ parking meter
- to measure or record with a meter or meters
- to provide in measured quantities
- ☆ to process (mail) in a postage meter
- a device for measuring (a specified thing): thermometer, barometer
- a line of verse having (a specified number of) metrical feet: heptameter
Origin of -meterFrench -mètre or Modern Latin -metrum, both ; from Classical Greek metron, a measure: see meter
- a. The measured arrangement of words in poetry, as by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line.b. A particular arrangement of words in poetry, such as iambic pentameter, determined by the kind and number of metrical units in a line.c. The rhythmic pattern of a stanza, determined by the kind and number of lines.
- Music a. Division into measures or bars.b. A specific rhythm determined by the number of beats and the time value assigned to each note in a measure.
Origin of meterMiddle English, from Old English meter and from Old French metre, both from Latin metrum, from Greek metron, measure, poetic meter; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of meterFrench mètre, from Greek metron, measure; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Any of various devices designed to measure time, distance, speed, or intensity or indicate and record or regulate the amount or volume, as of the flow of a gas or an electric current.
- A postage meter.
- A parking meter.
transitive verbme·tered, me·ter·ing, me·ters
- To measure with a meter: meter a flow of water.
- To supply in a measured or regulated amount: metered the allotted gasoline to each vehicle.
- To imprint with postage or other revenue stamps by means of a postage meter or similar device: metering bulk mail.
- To provide with a parking meter or parking meters: meter parking spaces.
Origin of meterFrom –meter.
Origin of -meterFrench -mètre, from Greek metron, measure; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (always meter) A device that measures things.
- A parking meter.
- (dated) One who metes or measures.
- a labouring coal-meter
- (chiefly US, elsewhere metre) The base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI), conceived of as 1/10000000 of the distance from the North Pole to the Equator, and now defined as the distance light will travel in a vacuum in 1/299792458 second.
- (chiefly US, elsewhere metre) (music) An increment of music; the overall rhythm; particularly, the number of beats in a measure.
- (chiefly US, elsewhere metre, prosody) The rhythm pattern in a poem.
- (chiefly US, elsewhere metre) A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.
(third-person singular simple present meters, present participle metering, simple past and past participle metered)
From French mètre, from Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, “measure”)
meter - Computer Definition
The basic SI unit of length, a meter is equivalent to approximately 1.094 yard, or 39.37 inches.The meter was originally determined by Napoleonic scientists at the French Academy of Sciences as one ten millionth (10 -7 ) of the distance between the North Pole and the Earth's equator through Paris, France.The meter was then recorded as the distance between two fine lines engraved on a platinum-iridium bar kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Paris. The meter is now defined as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in 1 / 299,792,458 seconds. See also SI.