Meaning of METER in English

I. me·ter ˈmē-tər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English mēter, from Latin metrum, from Greek metron measure, meter; Anglo-French metre, from Latin metrum — more at measure

Date: before 12th century


a. : systematically arranged and measured rhythm in verse:

(1) : rhythm that continuously repeats a single basic pattern

iambic meter

(2) : rhythm characterized by regular recurrence of a systematic arrangement of basic patterns in larger figures

ballad meter

b. : a measure or unit of metrical verse — usually used in combination

penta meter

— 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

II. met·er ˈmē-tər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from meten to mete

Date: 14th century

: one that measures ; especially : an official measurer of commodities

III. me·ter noun

Etymology: French mètre, from Greek metron measure

Date: 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 — see metric system table

IV. me·ter noun

Etymology: -meter

Date: 1815

1. : an instrument for measuring and sometimes recording the time or amount of something

a parking meter

a gas meter

2. : postage meter ; also : a marking printed by a postage meter

V. me·ter transitive verb

Date: 1878

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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.