Definition of Meter

1. Noun. The basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards).

Exact synonyms: M, Metre
Generic synonyms: Metric Linear Unit
Terms within: Decimeter, Decimetre, Dm
Group relationships: Dam, Decameter, Decametre, Dekameter, Dekametre, Dkm
Derivative terms: Metric, Metrical, Metrical

2. Verb. Measure with a meter. "Meter the flow of water"
Generic synonyms: Measure, Quantify

3. Noun. Any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity.

4. Verb. Stamp with a meter indicating the postage. "Meter the mail"
Generic synonyms: Stamp

5. Noun. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse.
Exact synonyms: Beat, Cadence, Measure, Metre
Category relationships: Metrics, Prosody
Generic synonyms: Poetic Rhythm, Prosody, Rhythmic Pattern
Specialized synonyms: Catalexis, Scansion, Common Measure, Common Meter, Foot, Metrical Foot, Metrical Unit
Derivative terms: Metrical, Metrical

6. Noun. Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration.
Exact synonyms: Metre, Time
Generic synonyms: Rhythmicity
Derivative terms: Metric

Definition of Meter

1. n. One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter.

2. n. A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.

3. n. Rhythmical arrangement of syllables or words into verses, stanzas, strophes, etc.; poetical measure, depending on number, quantity, and accent of syllables; rhythm; measure; verse; also, any specific rhythmical arrangements; as, the Horatian meters; a dactylic meter.

Definition of Meter

1. Noun. (''always'' '''meter''') A device that measures things. ¹

2. Noun. A parking meter. ¹

3. Noun. (chiefly US elsewhere metre) The base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI), equal to the distance light will travel in a vacuum in 1/299792458 second. ¹

4. Noun. (music) an increment of music; the overall rhythm; particularly, the number of beats in a measure. ¹

5. Noun. (prosody) The rhythm pattern in a poem. ¹

6. Verb. To measure with a metering device. ¹

7. Verb. To imprint a postage mark with a postage meter ¹

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Definition of Meter

1. to measure by mechanical means [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Meter

1. 1. One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter. 2. An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured. Dry meter, a gas meter having measuring chambers, with flexible walls, which expand and contract like bellows and measure the gas by filling and emptying. Wt meter, a gas meter in which the revolution of a chambered drum in water measures the gas passing through it. Origin: From Mete to measure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Meter

meter (current term)
meter-kilogram-second system
meter-kilogram-second unit
meter angle
meter maid
meter maids
meter reading
metered-dose inhaler

Literary usage of Meter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by National Electric Light Association (1911)
"Upon installing a meter in any premises a meter Installation order made out in duplicate, by use of carbon sheet, is issued by the inspector in charge of ..."

2. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1910)
"Member of the Society A reliable and accurate hot-water meter has been in demand for ... A hot-water meter for boiler-feed purposes must stand not only the ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1883)
"The current meter is a screw current meter, differing from those ordinarily us*l in ... TV meter is carried in gimbals and is free to move in any direction. ..."

4. Proceedings by Natural Gas Association of America, Modern Language Association of America (1917)
"While running a slow check test on a meter the operator may give his attention to other matters ... Place a check valve in the neck of the outlet on meter. ..."

5. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1919)
"In cities: Hectoliter (sic), liter (sic), heaters, meter, square mew, Lumber and Timber: Foot, inch, cubic foot, meter, centimeter, pulgada, ..."

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