Meaning of METER in English

I. ˈmēd.ə(r), -ētə- noun

( -s )

Usage: see -er

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


a. : systematically arranged and measured rhythm in verse

the only strict antithesis to prose is meter — William Wordsworth

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

iambic meter

dactylic meter

— compare cadence

(2) : rhythm characterized by the regular recurrence of a systematic arrangement of such basic patterns or systems into larger figures

a verse with sapphic meter

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

di meter

penta meter

— compare foot

c. : a fixed metrical pattern : verse form

the heroic couplet was a favorite meter of the neoclassic poets

d. archaic : a metrical composition : verse

a pebble of the brook warbled out these meters meet — William Blake

e. : rhythm in verse


a. : the part of rhythmical structure concerned with the division of a musical composition into measures by means of regularly recurring accents with each measure consisting of a uniform number of beats or time units the first of which has the strongest accent

b. : the distribution of long and short notes or tones within measures : time

Synonyms: see rhythm

II. verb

( metered ; metered ; metering -əriŋ also ˈmē.triŋ ; meters )

Usage: see -er

Etymology: Middle English metren, from metre, meter, n.

intransitive verb

: to engage in poetic composition : versify

transitive verb

1. : to put into meter : give metrical form to

2. : to analyze metrically : scan

expansion of the liquid after it is metered — E.E.Reed

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from meten to mete, measure + -er — more at mete

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

IV. noun

( -s )

Usage: see -er

Etymology: French mètre, from Greek metron measure

: the basic metric unit of length that is equal to the distance between two lines on a platinum-iridium bar kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures near Paris, is approximately equal to 39.37 inches, and is equal to 1,650,763.73 wavelengths of the orange-red light of excited krypton of mass number 86 — see metric system table

V. noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: -meter


a. : an instrument for measuring and recording the amount of something (as water, gas, electricity) as it flows

b. : a device (as a valve in a carburetor) that regulates the flow of a fluid


a. : an instrument for measuring and usually recording distance, time, weight, speed, or intensity

b. : an instrument for measuring and recording the amount of a commodity or service consumed: as

(1) : parking meter

(2) : postage meter


a. : the impression made by a postage meter on a piece of mail

b. : a philatelic cover bearing such an impression

VI. verb

( metered ; metered ; metering -əriŋ also ˈmē.triŋ ; meters )

transitive verb

1. : to measure by means of a meter

water … is metered and charged for — Tom Marvel

2. : to supply (fuel, oil, or other fluid) in a measured or regulated amount

fuel is then metered to the engine by the idle adjusting needle — H.F.Blanchard & Ralph Ritchen


a. : to print postal indicia on by means of a postage meter

b. : to imprint a revenue stamp on by means of a machine similar to a postage meter

intransitive verb

: to meter a fluid (as fuel or oil)

the drilled opening in the metering jet controls the amount of fuel that can pass through the main fuel supply system — William Landon

a metering pump for molasses

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.