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, especially the amount of electricity, gas, or water used.‘they read the meters once a month’
measuring instrument, measuring device, measure, gauge, dial, display, scale, indexView synonyms
- ‘A trifield meter measures the electromagnetic frequency in the space around it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They produce most of the energy at very low frequency, where a meter can only give a very approximate measurement.’
- ‘I am happy with my meter only being read once a year.’
- ‘Record the number that the meter reads (this is known as a reading).’
- ‘The isotope source gives off photons, usually Gamma rays, which radiate back to the meter's detectors on the bottom of the unit.’
- ‘Security comes from your electricity meter, the device that should stop anyone else from using your electricity without you knowing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One of the simplest lung function tests uses a peak-flow meter to measure the rate at which you expel air.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Electro magnetic frequency meters will measure fluctuations in electromagnetic frequency, which could suggest a spirit is using the energy to manifest.’
- ‘Automated meter reading is no longer just a time-saving device to collect data for billing purposes.’
- ‘A better but more expensive measuring device is a laser meter.’
- ‘Details of meter numbers, past meter readings, billing information and names and addresses are all passed from one supplier to another by computer.’
- ‘OK, I'll just put you through to the electricity meter department so you can give them the reading.’
- ‘If you think your bill is inaccurate, read your meter, give the reading to your supplier, and ask for an amended bill.’
- ‘Error tolerance criteria were used to evaluate the accuracy of the glucose meter measurements.’
- 1.1Philately An imprint or label of specified value produced under government permit for the prepayment of postage.
verb[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective metered
Measure by means of a meter.‘a metered supply of water’
take the measurements of, calculate, compute, estimate, count, meter, quantify, weigh, size, evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, gauge, plumb, measure out, determine, judge, surveycome up to standard, achieve the required standard, fulfil expectations, fill the bill, fit the bill, pass muster, do wellView synonyms
- ‘What this means is that vast numbers of suburban streets are being metered with parking fees of up to €2 per hour imposed on visiting motorists.’
- ‘Up till now, the horticulturalists' water use has not been metered.’
- ‘Utilities can be metered and submetered, for example, to determine performance levels.’
- ‘Most users of public water are metered, with the customer paying a regular fee per thousand gallons of water used.’
- ‘Some activities can be easily metered, such as the automatically clocked time-per-call measures of a call center.’
- ‘There will be no subsidy for farms or businesses, all domestic supplies, farms and businesses will be metered.’
- ‘Mr Chomba said out of the 25,000 customers only 10 per cent were metered while the rest were receiving fixed water bills.’
- ‘But you don't need to have a solar panel to use metered electricity.’
- ‘You won't have a problem damaging the sensitive innards with neglected battery acid and the camera's light metering system will work correctly every time.’
- ‘The meter operating fee assigns the meter operating costs equitably to customers who have metered water service.’
- ‘From 2006, all non-domestic water users are supposed to be metered so they only pay for the amount actually used on the premises.’
- ‘Payments for water, which is metered, are used to keep up and expand the system.’
- ‘Consumers are reminded to make all necessary repairs to taps and water troughs as all supplies are now metered and will have to be paid for.’
- ‘The core concept of utility computing for storage is that usage must be metered and billed.’
- ‘A senior Conservative Party campaigner claims York residents could see their cash drain away if their water bills are metered.’
- ‘The city estimates flat-rate water customers use up to 50 per cent more water than metered customers.’
- ‘Businesses and organisations that use significant quantities of water are metered.’
- ‘The method involves metering the content of certain metals in underground water, which changes before and after an earthquake.’
- ‘At the moment just over 1500 non-domestic water users in the county area are metered because they are significant water users.’
- ‘I therefore suggest that this first quality water for internal use be metered and charged for at the rate of our present water consumption cost.’
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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