Meaning of METER in English

METER

meter 1

/mee"teuhr/ , n.

the fundamental unit of length in the metric system, equivalent to 39.37 U.S. inches, originally intended to be, and being very nearly, equal to one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the pole measured on a meridian: defined from 1889 to 1960 as the distance between two lines on a platinum-iridium bar (the "International Prototype Meter") preserved at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures near Paris; from 1960 to 1983 defined as 1,650,763.73 wavelengths of the orange-red radiation of krypton 86 under specified conditions; and now defined as 1 / 299,792,458 of the distance light travels in a vacuum in one second. Abbr.: m Also, Brit., metre .

[ 1790-1800; mètre métron measure ]

meter 2

/mee"teuhr/ , n.

1. Music.

a. the rhythmic element as measured by division into parts of equal time value.

b. the unit of measurement, in terms of number of beats, adopted for a given piece of music. Cf. measure (def. 14).

2. Pros.

a. poetic measure; arrangement of words in regularly measured, patterned, or rhythmic lines or verses.

b. a particular form of such arrangement, depending on either the kind or the number of feet constituting the verse or both rhythmic kind and number of feet (usually used in combination): pentameter; dactylic meter; iambic trimeter.

Also, Brit., metre .

[ bef. 900; ME metir, metur, OE meter metrum poetic meter, verse métron measure; r. ME metre ]

meter 3

/mee"teuhr/ , n.

1. an instrument for measuring, esp. one that automatically measures and records the quantity of something, as of gas, water, miles, or time, when it is activated.

2. See parking meter .

v.t.

3. to measure by means of a meter.

4. to process (mail) by means of a postage meter.

Also, Brit., metre .

[ 1805-15; see METE 1 , -ER 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .