• (GA) IPA: /ˈmitəɹ/, [ˈmiɾɚ]
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmiːtə/

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 (also falls under sense 1)
  3. (always meter) (dated) One who metes or measures.
    a labouring coal-meter
  4. (chiefly American spelling, 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.
  5. (chiefly American spelling, elsewhere metre) (music) An increment of music; the overall rhythm; particularly, the number of beats in a measure.
  6. (chiefly American spelling, elsewhere metre, prosody) The rhythm pattern in a poem.
  7. (chiefly American spelling, 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.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

meter (meters, present participle metering; 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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