One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The fundamental unit of length in the metric system, equal to 100 centimeters or approximately 39.37 inches.‘sit two meters away from the TV screen’‘the wall was less than a meter high’
- 1.1— meters A race over a specified number of meters.‘he placed third in the 1,000 meters’
- 1.1— meters A race over a specified number of meters.
Late 18th century: from French mètre, from Greek metron ‘measure’.
1A device that measures and records the quantity, degree, or rate of something.‘they read the meters once a month’
measuring instrument, measuring device, measure, gauge, dial, display, scale, indexView synonyms
- ‘I am happy with my meter only being read once a year.’
- ‘Automated meter reading is no longer just a time-saving device to collect data for billing purposes.’
- ‘Details of meter numbers, past meter readings, billing information and names and addresses are all passed from one supplier to another by computer.’
- ‘A trifield meter measures the electromagnetic frequency in the space around it.’
- ‘One of the simplest lung function tests uses a peak-flow meter to measure the rate at which you expel air.’
- ‘During several of these dives, the scientists will deploy an instrument called a gravity meter to measure very tiny changes in the pull of gravity that hint at the nature of buried faults.’
- ‘They produce most of the energy at very low frequency, where a meter can only give a very approximate measurement.’
- ‘If you think your bill is inaccurate, read your meter, give the reading to your supplier, and ask for an amended bill.’
- ‘Many of us realize and understand that spirits we encounter give off electrical impulses, this is why we so easily find them with EMF meters and such devices.’
- ‘The pub offers an all-night cellar vigil including the use of infra-red cameras, dousing rods, and a meter for measuring electro-magnetic fields for serious enthusiasts.’
- ‘A system can be specified in any of 144 combinations that use the company's instruments and meters.’
- ‘This new technology will enable residents to keep a check on their own electricity and water consumption and act as a record for the meter readings.’
- ‘OK, I'll just put you through to the electricity meter department so you can give them the reading.’
- ‘Record the number that the meter reads (this is known as a reading).’
- ‘Electro magnetic frequency meters will measure fluctuations in electromagnetic frequency, which could suggest a spirit is using the energy to manifest.’
- ‘A better but more expensive measuring device is a laser meter.’
- ‘Error tolerance criteria were used to evaluate the accuracy of the glucose meter measurements.’
- ‘Security comes from your electricity meter, the device that should stop anyone else from using your electricity without you knowing.’
- ‘If so, then the extra revenue will pay for the cost of gas, repairs, licenses and administrative fees - which have all increased since the meter rate was last set.’
- ‘The isotope source gives off photons, usually Gamma rays, which radiate back to the meter's detectors on the bottom of the unit.’
- 1.1Philately An imprint or label of specified value produced under government permit for the prepayment of postage.
Middle English (in the sense ‘person who measures’): from mete + -er. The current sense dates from the 19th century.
1The rhythm of a piece of poetry, determined by the number and length of feet in a line.‘the Horatian ode has an intricate governing meter’mass noun ‘unexpected changes of stress and meter’yardstick, test, standard, norm, barometer, touchstone, litmus test, criterion, benchmarkView synonyms
- 1.1 The basic pulse and rhythm of a piece of music.‘a dance song in fast quadratic meter’‘Prokofiev's complex meters’
- 1.1 The basic pulse and rhythm of a piece of music.
Old English, reinforced in Middle English by Old French metre, from Latin metrum, from Greek metron ‘measure’.
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