Main definitions of meter in English

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meter1

(British metre)

noun

  • 1The fundamental unit of length in the metric system, equal to 100 centimeters or approximately 39.37 inches.

    • ‘The total length of the cycle path will be approximately 900 metres.’
    • ‘The plants ranged in height from five centimetres to over a metre.’
    • ‘The oddest thing was losing the feet and inches and changing to metres and centimetres.’
    • ‘Aquarius sits approximately 15 meters under the sea, where the pressure on divers is 2.5 times what we experience on land.’
    • ‘One indexing line on the disk equals one centimeter deviation at 100 meters.’
    • ‘Squid come in all sizes, from a centimetre to over a metre in length, and the life cycles of different species vary greatly.’
    • ‘Thus, as found in several other systems, availability of alternative foods for mice often shows noticeable changes at the scale of few meters and even centimeters.’
    • ‘For example, a centimeter is 1/100 of a meter, while a kilometer is 1,000 meters in length.’
    • ‘In all, the fireguard stretches seven kilometres, and is approximately 400 meters wide.’
    • ‘Rates of sedimentation may range from a few centimetres to about a metre per thousand years.’
    • ‘There are 100 centimeters in a meter, and 1,000 meters in a kilometer.’
    • ‘The one we found was at a depth of 1.12 metres and measures 3.8 centimetres in length.’
    • ‘A wide selection of these species is usually caught by traditional fisheries, including both large and small species, varying from five centimeters up to one meter in length.’
    • ‘He says such a pen is just two metres long by 60 centimetres wide, with a concrete floor and no bedding.’
    • ‘The sari is a length of cloth measuring from about four to eight metres by about 120 centimetres.’
    • ‘Individual coal balls range from a few centimetres to over a metre in length.’
    • ‘The material's specific surface area of a few hundred square meters per cubic centimeter corresponds to about a thousand times that of a polished silicon wafer.’
    • ‘You don't get there any quicker by being 20 centimetres rather than 20 metres from the vehicle in front.’
    • ‘This work offers the potential to shrink accelerators from miles to meters in length and open a range of new applications, from medicine to high-energy physics.’
    • ‘They range in size from a few centimeters to a meter or more in greatest dimension (commonly between 30 and 60 cm).’
    1. 1.1A race over a specified number of meters.
      ‘he placed third in the 1,000 meters’
      • ‘Milkha Singh had beaten Abdul Khaliq, in their first encounter, in the 200 metres race.’
      • ‘Even that looks beyond Campbell in the 100 or 200 metres, based on his form this season.’
      • ‘The title of women's world 100 and 200 metres champion is turning out to be a poisoned chalice.’
      • ‘Dreschler secured a new world record in the 200 metres and also took gold in the long jump.’
      • ‘Jerome Young ran a very evenly paced race in the 400 metres final - and that was the secret to his victory.’
      • ‘Winner of the boys' 90 metres handicap race was eight-year-old Macaulay Dixon from Ulverston.’
      • ‘Ian Thorpe will race the 400 metres freestyle in Athens, as expected.’
      • ‘Kelly Holmes is the Olympic 800 metres champion after her dramatic win in the final tonight.’
      • ‘The shame is that he could not be at his best for the 400 metres, which has always been one his strongest events.’
      • ‘It was only after several weeks of torment that she committed to the 800 metres as well.’
      • ‘Vincent Flannery ran a very good 1500 metres race to finish fourth in the V3 section.’
      • ‘The concern is that five races before the 1,500 metres final may take the edge off Holmes.’
      • ‘In Atlanta, four years earlier, she had run in the 5,000 metres and was fifth.’
      • ‘A second 400 metres gold in 2000 made him the only man to win the event in consecutive Games.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French mètre, from Greek metron measure.

Pronunciation:

meter

/ˈmēdər/

Main definitions of meter in English

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meter2

(British metre)

noun

  • 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’
    ‘unexpected changes of stress and meter’
    • ‘The rest of the rhymes are embedded in the middle of lines whose meter becomes erratic.’
    • ‘It's not just any kind of poetry, but strictly traditional poetic forms like sonnets and sestinas - the kind that rhymes and has a formal meter.’
    • ‘Students composed alone in the dark on allotted subjects and in given metres, reciting their verses in public performance.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the line lengths and meter can become predictable.’
    • ‘This form of poetry comprising more than a dozen couplets in the same metre has come a long way and so have ghazal singers.’
    • ‘He was able to do without conventional metres, rhymes and stanzas because he had made his own tools.’
    • ‘We can deduce the stress pattern of a word from the metre of a line.’
    • ‘The meter and rhyme schemes of the Crepusculars were less regular than Italian poets formerly had employed, and so their work was an important stage in the move toward vers libre in Italy.’
    • ‘You are constrained by a specific meter, a specific rhyme scheme, and a specific length.’
    • ‘Form poems are also noted for their traditional use of rhyme, metre and stanza.’
    • ‘The six verses of the excerpt are eleven to fifteen syllables long and cannot, therefore, be classified as a specific meter within Italian poetry.’
    • ‘Promoted by the fascist Ezra Pound, this new poetry without meter or rhyme swept literary Europe and America in the period leading up to the war.’
    • ‘Hexameters are the epic meter; by stealing a foot in the second line, Cupid has turned it into elegiac meter, used for love poetry.’
    • ‘Poets turned to the syllabic meters of folk poetry, and the old Osmanli literary style gave way to the more direct language characteristic of most Western poetry.’
    • ‘For in addition to these more typical forms one finds catalogued in EV an amazing variety of stanzaic forms, line lengths, meters, and rhyme schemes.’
    • ‘Significantly both these phrases stand out as exceptions to the anapaestic metre.’
    • ‘His first works are called the Eclogues, a collection of pastoral poetry done in the same meter as the Aeneid (dactylic hexameter).’
    • ‘In your laundry list of fancy poetry words the ‘other one’ of the metres would be a dactyl.’
    • ‘So do dactyls, and neither of these meters is particularly associated with subtlety, but Finch sets out to change that.’
    • ‘Skelton used the octosyllabic metre, and a rough manner which was to be paralleled in later times by Butler in Hudibras, and by Swift.’
    1. 1.1The basic pulse and rhythm of a piece of music.
      • ‘The first piece, Valse Noble, is a work in triple meter.’
      • ‘Once students can associate the syllables, they would need additional practice recognizing the tonality or meter of familiar music.’
      • ‘The meter, complexity of rhythms created by dotted rhythms, triplets and irregular accents manifest the spirit of Korean peasant dance and music.’
      • ‘Gerber's handling of rhythm especially impresses me, with a mastery of the phrase against the meter.’
      • ‘Huang also includes cross-rhythms, syncopated rhythms and an array of standard meters.’
      • ‘This was rhythm, a voice singing over the reliability of the metronome piano beat, the metre.’
      • ‘Also difficult is the changing metric structure and the note patterns that do not jive with the meter of the moment.’
      • ‘In the key of A minor, this lively marching tune in triple meter uses only two fingers in the right hand and four in the left.’
      • ‘A good CD to use is Music for Movement, which features short instrumental examples in various meters and tempi.’
      • ‘The second movement is polyrhythmic counterpoint in mixed meters.’
      • ‘Often the meter seems to fluctuate between triple and duple time, which transforms the rhythmic emphases of the loops.’
      • ‘Binary and ternary time signatures, combinations and complex meters are covered within the goal, practice and custom modes of operation.’
      • ‘He often created large-scale pieces by bringing back the same blocks of material, and varied their meter to give more variety.’
      • ‘A developmental psychologist would likely say that the resonance of a particular meter or beat or note-combination sends the baby into fits of laughter.’
      • ‘At first the cymbals merely kept time with the meter of the mantras, but soon the conch-blowers and trumpeters struck up too, and the band was joined by four priestly drummers each holding a tall wooden tabla.’
      • ‘The simple melody derived from a pentatonic scale and the prevailing dotted rhythm in compound duple meter elicit the feeling of a slow, graceful Korean traditional dance.’
      • ‘While difficult to count, the symmetry of the phrases grounds students in the meter of the piece, allowing them to solve the challenges in listening, counting and texture.’
      • ‘Rhythm patterns always are taught with musical inflection to aid in the audiation of meter and so students learn that music always is performed musically.’
      • ‘They then established a congruence between long and short syllables and patterns of long and short time-units in the musical meters of the period.’
      • ‘A CD with performances of many songs and chants in a wide variety of tonalities and meters accompanies the book.’

Origin

Old English, reinforced in Middle English by Old French metre, from Latin metrum, from Greek metron measure.

Pronunciation:

meter

/ˈmēdər/

Main definitions of meter in English

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meter3

noun

  • 1A device that measures and records the quantity, degree, or rate of something, especially the amount of electricity, gas, or water used.

    ‘they read the meters once a month’
    • ‘I am happy with my meter only being read once a year.’
    • ‘Error tolerance criteria were used to evaluate the accuracy of the glucose meter measurements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A better but more expensive measuring device is a laser meter.’
    • ‘One of the simplest lung function tests uses a peak-flow meter to measure the rate at which you expel air.’
    • ‘Details of meter numbers, past meter readings, billing information and names and addresses are all passed from one supplier to another by computer.’
    • ‘A system can be specified in any of 144 combinations that use the company's instruments and meters.’
    • ‘Automated meter reading is no longer just a time-saving device to collect data for billing purposes.’
    • ‘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 isotope source gives off photons, usually Gamma rays, which radiate back to the meter's detectors on the bottom of the unit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Record the number that the meter reads (this is known as a reading).’
    • ‘A trifield meter measures the electromagnetic frequency in the space around it.’
    • ‘Electro magnetic frequency meters will measure fluctuations in electromagnetic frequency, which could suggest a spirit is using the energy to manifest.’
    • ‘OK, I'll just put you through to the electricity meter department so you can give them the reading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Security comes from your electricity meter, the device that should stop anyone else from using your electricity without you knowing.’
    meter, measuring instrument, measuring device, measure, gauge, dial, display, scale, index
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    1. 1.1Philately
      An imprint or label of specified value produced under government permit for the prepayment of postage.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense person who measures): from mete + -er. The current sense dates from the 19th century.

Pronunciation:

meter

/ˈmēdər/