Webster 1913 Edition
One who, or that which, metes or measures. See
An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured.
a gas meter having measuring chambers, with flexible walls, which expand and contract like bellows and measure the gas by filling and emptying.–
a gas meter in which the revolution of a chambered drum in water measures the gas passing through it.
A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Measure; verse; arrangement of poetical feet, or of long and short syllables in verse. Hexameter is a meter of six feet. This word is most improperly written metre. How very absurd to write the simple word in this manner, but in all its numerous compounds, meter, as in diameter, hexameter, thermometer, &c.
2.A French measure of length, equal to 39 37/100 English inches, the standard of linear measure, being the ten millionth part of the distance from the equator to the North Pole, as ascertained by actual measurement of an arc of the meridian.