There are 3 definitions of meter in English:

meter1

Syllabification: me·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈmētər
 
/
(Britishmetre)

noun

1The fundamental unit of length in the metric system, equal to 100 centimeters or approximately 39.37 inches.
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  • The oddest thing was losing the feet and inches and changing to metres and centimetres.
  • Squid come in all sizes, from a centimetre to over a metre in length, and the life cycles of different species vary greatly.
  • Individual coal balls range from a few centimetres to over a metre in length.
1.1 (—— meters) A race over a specified number of meters: he placed third in the 1,000 meters
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  • Jerome Young ran a very evenly paced race in the 400 metres final - and that was the secret to his victory.
  • The concern is that five races before the 1,500 metres final may take the edge off Holmes.
  • Kelly Holmes is the Olympic 800 metres champion after her dramatic win in the final tonight.

Origin

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

Derivatives

meterage

noun
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  • This, of course, takes up considerable square metreage, to say nothing of all the other facilities which he and his alliance propose.
  • But after that, the meterage for subsequent distances will be reduced from 125 metres to 113 metres, under which the standard fare for a 2.5-mile journey will rise from £4.60 to £4.80 an increase of 4.16 per cent.
  • In terms of fabric, there is the potential to save thousands when you think of the meterage involved in curtains and sofa covers.

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noun
a short, lively piece of music

There are 3 definitions of meter in English:

meter2

Syllabification: me·ter
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈmētər/
(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
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  • 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.
  • His first works are called the Eclogues, a collection of pastoral poetry done in the same meter as the Aeneid (dactylic hexameter).
  • You are constrained by a specific meter, a specific rhyme scheme, and a specific length.
1.1The basic pulse and rhythm of a piece of music.
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  • 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.
  • 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.

Origin

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

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There are 3 definitions of meter in English:

meter3

Syllabification: me·ter
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈmētər/

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
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  • A trifield meter measures the electromagnetic frequency in the space around it.
  • A better but more expensive measuring device is a laser meter.
  • 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.
1.1 Philately An imprint or label of specified value produced under government permit for the prepayment of postage.

verb

[with object] (often as adjective metered) Back to top  
Measure by means of a meter: a metered supply of water
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  • Businesses and organisations that use significant quantities of water are metered.
  • The meter operating fee assigns the meter operating costs equitably to customers who have metered water service.
  • Payments for water, which is metered, are used to keep up and expand the system.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'person who measures'): from mete1 + -er1. The current sense dates from the 19th century.

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