[me.ter] n [ME, fr. OE & MF; OE meter, fr. L metrum, fr. Gk metron measure, meter; MF metre, fr. OF, fr. L metrum--more at measure] (bef. 12c) 1 a: systematically arranged and measured rhythm in verse: (1): rhythm that continuously repeats a single basic pattern "iambic ~" (2): rhythm characterized by regular recurrence of a systematic arrangement of basic patterns in larger figures "ballad ~" b: a measure or unit of metrical verse--usu. used in combination "pentameter"--compare foot
4. c: a fixed metrical pattern: verse form
2: the basic recurrent rhythmical pattern of note values, accents, and beats per measure in music
met.er n [ME, fr. meten to mete] (14c): one that measures; esp: an official measurer of commodities me.ter n [F metre, fr. Gk metron measure] (1797): the base unit of length in the International System of Units that is equal to the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 second or to about 39.37 inches me.ter n [-meter] (1815) 1: an instrument for measuring and sometimes recording the time or amount of something "a parking ~" "a gas ~"
2: postage meter; also: a postal marking printed by a postage meter me.ter vt (1884) 1: to measure by means of a meter
2: to supply in a measured or regulated amount
3: to print postal indicia on by means of a postage meter