a. The measured arrangement of words in poetry, as by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line.
b. A particular arrangement of words in poetry, such as iambic pentameter, determined by the kind and number of metrical units in a line.
c. The rhythmic pattern of a stanza, determined by the kind and number of lines.
a. Division into measures or bars.
b. A specific rhythm determined by the number of beats and the time value assigned to each note in a measure.
1. Any of various devices designed to measure time, distance, speed, or intensity or indicate and record or regulate the amount or volume, as of the flow of a gas or an electric current.
2. A postage meter.
3. A parking meter.
1. To measure with a meter: meter a flow of water.
2. To supply in a measured or regulated amount: metered the allotted gasoline to each vehicle.
3. To imprint with postage or other revenue stamps by means of a postage meter or similar device: metering bulk mail.
4. To provide with a parking meter or parking meters: meter parking spaces.
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1. (Tools) any device that measures and records the quantity of a substance, such as gas, that has passed through it during a specified period
2. (Tools) any device that measures and sometimes records an electrical or magnetic quantity, such as current, voltage, etc
4. to measure (a rate of flow) with a meter
5. to print with stamps by means of a postage meter
[C19: see mete1]
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[1790–1800; < French mètre < Greek métron measure]
a. the rhythmic element in music as measured by division into parts of equal time value.
b. the unit of measurement, in terms of number of beats, adopted for a piece of music.
a. the arrangement of words in rhythmic lines; poetic measure.
b. a particular rhythmic arrangement in a line, based on kind or kind and number of feet: dactylic meter.
c. rhythmic arrangement of stanzas or strophes, based on the kind and number of lines.
[before 900; Middle English metre, Old English meter < Latin metrum meter, verse < Greek métron measure]
1. an instrument for measuring and recording the quantity of something, as of gas, water, miles, or time.
3. to measure by means of a meter.
4. to process (mail) by means of a postage meter.
[< New Latin -metrum < Greek métron measure]
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In British English, a metre is a unit of length equal to 39.37 inches.
The blue whale grows to over 30 metres long.
In American English, this word is spelled meter.
I stopped about fifty meters down the road.
In both British and American English, some kinds of measuring devices are also called meters.
…a parking meter.
He’d come to read the gas meter.
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