Definitions for: Meter


[n] any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
[n] rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time
[n] (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
[n] the basic unit of length adopted under the System International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
[v] measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"
[v] stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail"



Webster (1913) Definition: -me"ter [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. ?. See
Meter rhythm.]
A suffix denoting that by which anything is measured; as,
barometer, chronometer, dynamometer.


Me"ter, n. [From Mete to measure.]
1. One who, or that which, metes or measures. See
Coal-meter.

2. An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording
automatically, the quantity measured.

Dry meter, a gas meter having measuring chambers, with
flexible walls, which expand and contract like bellows and
measure the gas by filling and emptying.

W?t meter, a gas meter in which the revolution of a
chambered drum in water measures the gas passing through
it.


Me"ter, n.
A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is
attached in order to strengthen it.


Me"ter, Metre Me"tre, n. [OE. metre, F. m[`e]tre, L.
metrum, fr. Gr. ?; akin to Skr. m[=a] to measure. See Mete
to measure.]
1. Rhythmical arrangement of syllables or words into verses,
stanzas, strophes, etc.; poetical measure, depending on
number, quantity, and accent of syllables; rhythm;
measure; verse; also, any specific rhythmical
arrangements; as, the Horatian meters; a dactylic meter.

The only strict antithesis to prose is meter.
--Wordsworth.

2. A poem. [Obs.] --Robynson (More's Utopia).

3. A measure of length, equal to 39.37 English inches, the
standard of linear measure in the metric system of weights
and measures. It was intended to be, and is very nearly,
the ten millionth part of the distance from the equator to
the north pole, as ascertained by actual measurement of an
arc of a meridian. See Metric system, under Metric.

Common meter (Hymnol.), four iambic verses, or lines,
making a stanza, the first and third having each four
feet, and the second and fourth each three feet; --
usually indicated by the initials C.M.

Long meter (Hymnol.), iambic verses or lines of four feet
each, four verses usually making a stanza; -- commonly
indicated by the initials L. M.

Short meter (Hymnol.), iambic verses or lines, the first,
second, and fourth having each three feet, and the third
four feet. The stanza usually consists of four lines, but
is sometimes doubled. Short meter is indicated by the
initials S. M.

Synonyms: beat, cadence, m, measure, metre, time

See Also: ammeter, common measure, common meter, dam, decameter, decametre, decimeter, decimetre, dekameter, dekametre, dkm, dm, electrometer, fluxmeter, foot, galvanometer, gas meter, gasometer, gaussmeter, hodometer, magnetometer, measure, measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system, metric linear unit, metrical foot, metrical unit, mileometer, milometer, odometer, ohmmeter, poetic rhythm, postage meter, prosody, quantify, radiometer, reflectometer, rhythmic pattern, rhythmicity, scansion, speed indicator, speedometer, stamp, taximeter, voltmeter, water meter

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