Meaning of METER in English

METER

/ ˈmiːtə(r); NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

(especially in compounds) a device that measures and records the amount of electricity, gas, water, etc. that you have used or the time and distance you have travelled, etc. :

A man came to read the gas meter.

The cab driver left the meter running while he waited for us.

—see also light meter

2.

= parking meter

3.

-meter (in compounds) a device for measuring the thing mentioned :

speedometer

altimeter

calorimeter

4.

( NAmE ) = metre :

Who holds the record in the 100 meters?

■ verb

[ vn ] to measure sth (for example how much gas, electricity, etc. has been used) using a meter

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WORD ORIGIN

verb and noun senses 1 to 2 Middle English (in the sense person who measures ): from mete + -er . The current sense dates from the 19th cent.

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