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Webster 1913 Edition


Meter

Me′ter

,
Noun.
[From
Mete
to measure.]
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.
Wet meter
,
a gas meter in which the revolution of a chambered drum in water measures the gas passing through it.

Me′ter

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

Webster 1828 Edition


Meter

ME'TER

,
Noun.
[from mete.] One who measures; used in compounds, as in coal-meter, land-meter.

ME'TER

,
Noun.
[L. metrum.]
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.

Definition 2022


Meter

Meter

See also: meter, méter, and -meter

German

Noun

Meter m (genitive Meters, plural Meter)

  1. meter (unit of measure)
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 25/2010, page 140:
      Mit seinen 30 Meter Länge und mitunter mehr als 150 Tonnen Gewicht übertrifft der Blauwal jedes andere Tier auf Erden.
      With its length of 30 meters and weight of sometimes more than 150 tons the blue whale surpasses every other animal on Earth.

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meter

meter

See also: Meter, -meter, and méter

English

Alternative forms

  • metre (Commonwealth English for noun senses 4 to 7, rare for other senses)

Noun

meter (plural meters)

  1. (always meter) A device that measures things.
  2. (always meter) A parking meter or similar device for collecting payment.
    gas meter (which is also sense 1)
  3. (always meter) (dated) One who metes or measures.
    a labouring coal-meter
  4. (chiefly US, elsewhere metre) The base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI), conceived of as 1/10000000 of the distance from the North Pole to the Equator, and now defined as the distance light will travel in a vacuum in 1/299792458 second.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, An Acoustic Arms Race”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
      Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.
  5. (chiefly US, elsewhere metre) (music) An increment of music; the overall rhythm; particularly, the number of beats in a measure.
  6. (chiefly US, elsewhere metre, prosody) The rhythm pattern in a poem.
  7. (chiefly US, elsewhere metre) A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.
  8. (obsolete) A poem.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Robynson (More's Utopia) to this entry?)

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

meter (third-person singular simple present meters, present participle metering, simple past and past participle metered)

  1. to measure with a metering device.
  2. to imprint a postage mark with a postage meter
  3. to regulate the flow of or to deliver in regulated amounts (usually of fluids but sometimes of other things such as anticipation or breath)

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Anagrams


Aragonese

Etymology

From Latin mittere, present active infinitive of mittō.

Verb

meter

  1. to put

Danish

Noun

meter c (singular definite meteren, plural indefinite meter)

  1. a metre, or meter (US) (SI unit of measurement)

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References


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeːtər/

Etymology 1

From meten + -er.

Noun

meter m (plural meters, diminutive metertje n)

  1. measurer (person who measures something)
  2. meter (device that measures things or indicates a physical quantity)
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From French mètre.

Noun

meter m (plural meters, diminutive metertje n)

  1. meter, metre (unit of distance)
Derived terms

Etymology 3

Noun

meter f (plural meters, diminutive metertje n)

  1. godmother

Ladin

Etymology

From Latin mittere, present active infinitive of mittō.

Verb

meter

  1. to put, place

Conjugation

  • Ladin conjugation varies from one region to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

Latin

Verb

mēter

  1. first-person singular present active subjunctive of mētor

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

meter m (definite singular meteren, indefinite plural meter, definite plural meterne)

  1. a metre, or meter (US) (SI unit of length)

Derived terms


Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

meter m (definite singular meteren, indefinite plural meter, definite plural meterane or metrane)

  1. a metre, or meter (US) (SI unit of length)

Derived terms


Portuguese

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old Portuguese meter, from Latin mittere, present active infinitive of mittō (I send, I put), from Proto-Indo-European *meyth₂-, *mith₂- (to exchange, remove).

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /mɨˈteɾ/
  • Hyphenation: me‧ter

Verb

meter (first-person singular present indicative meto, past participle metido)

  1. to put
  2. to insert
  3. (reflexive) to meddle, interfere

Quotations

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:meter.

Conjugation


Spanish

Etymology

From Latin mittere, present active infinitive of mittō (I send, I put), from Proto-Indo-European *meyth₂-, *mith₂- (to exchange, remove).

Pronunciation

IPA(key): [me̞ˈte̞ɾ]

Verb

meter (first-person singular present meto, first-person singular preterite metí, past participle metido)

  1. to put, to insert
  2. (reflexive) to meddle, interfere

Conjugation

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Synonyms


Swedish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeːtɛr/

Noun

meter c

  1. a metre; the SI-unit
  2. (music) Rhythm or measure in verse
  3. a meter; a device that measures things.

Declension

Usage notes

Indefinite form plural could also be metrar/metrars


Tatar

Noun

meter

  1. meter

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