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Webster 1913 Edition


-meter

-me′ter

.
[L.
metrum
measure, or the allied Gr. [GREEK]. See
Meter
rhythm.]
A suffix denoting that by which anything is measured;
as, baro
meter
, chrono
meter
, dynamo
meter
.

Definition 2022


-meter

-meter

See also: meter, Meter, and méter

English

Suffix

-meter

  1. Used to form the names of measuring devices.

Usage notes

  • Whereas the spelling of the unit of length varies between British (metre) and American (meter) English, the spelling of this suffix is -meter in both. -metre is a nonstandard alternative form found in British English.
  • Words with the suffix -ometer always has a primary stress on the antepenultimate syllable: barometer, speedometer, tachometer, etc. Words derived from meter (or metre) with a prefix usually have a primary stress on the first syllable: centimeter, millimeter, etc.

Derived terms

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