definition of METO by The Free Dictionary

me·ter 1




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.

2. Music

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.

[Middle English metre, from Old English meter and from Old French metre, both from Latin metrum, from Greek metron, measure, poetic meter; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

me·ter 2


n. Abbr. m

The international standard unit of length, approximately equivalent to 39.37 inches. It was redefined in 1983 as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. See Table at measurement.

me·ter 3



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.

tr.v. me·tered, me·ter·ing, me·ters

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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(Units) the US spelling of metre1




(Units) the US spelling of metre2




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

vb (tr)

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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(ˈmi tər)


the base SI unit of length, equivalent to 39.37 U.S. inches; now defined as 1/299,792,458 of the distance light travels in a vacuum in one second. Abbr.: m

[1790–1800; < French mètre < Greek métron measure]


(ˈmi tər)



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]


(ˈmi tər)


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.

[1805–15; independent use of -meter,influenced in some senses by mete1]


a combining form meaning “measure,” used in the names of instruments measuring quantity, extent, degree, etc.: altimeter; barometer. Compare -metry.

[< New Latin -metrum < Greek métron measure]

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– meter

1. “”

In British English, a metre is a unit of length equal to 39.37 inches.

The blue whale grows to over 30 metres long.

2. ‘meter’

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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