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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v meter measure with a meter "meter the flow of water"
    • v meter stamp with a meter indicating the postage "meter the mail"
    • n meter any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
    • n meter rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
    • n meter (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    • n meter the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The size of a red blood cell is 708 microns. This is equivalent to one millionth of a meter
    • n Meter A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.
    • Meter 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.
    • Meter A poem.
    • Meter An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured.
    • Meter One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter.
    • Meter 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During winter in Moscow the skating rinks cover more than 250,000 square meters of land.
    • n meter One who measures; a measurer: as, a coal-meter; a land-meter.
    • n meter That which measures, or is used for measuring; specifically, an instrument that records or indicates automatically the quantity, force, or pressure of a fluid passing through it or actuating it: used in composition, as in gas-meter, water-meter (see these words), or alone when the fluid to be measured, as gas or water, is understood.
    • n meter In fishing, one of the two reinforcing ropes of a seine or gill-net, of which one is attached to the upper edge and carries the floats, and the other to the lower edge and bears the weights or sinkers
    • meter To measure by means of a meter; test by the use of a meter.
    • n meter Rhythm in language; rhythmic language as measurable by prosodic times or uttered syllables; more specifically, arrangement of language in a succession of rhythmic movements, readily appreciable as such by the ear; verse, as opposed to prose. Meter in this sense is the subject-matter of the science of metrics
    • n meter Measured verse or rhythmic language; rhythmic language as determined by or divided into fixed measures. A measure, foot, or dipody. See measure. [Rare.] A line, verse, or period in ancient metrics; specifically, a monocolic verse or a di-colic (or tricolic)period, as opposed to ahypermetron. Meters are called monometers, dimeters, trimeters, etc., according to the number of measures in a verse, also acatalectic, catalectic, brachycatalectic, etc., meters, according to the completeness or incompleteness of the feet or measures. A kind of verse; a particular variety of poetic rhythm, as expressed by the kind of feet of which the verse consists : as, iambic, dactylic, Ionic meter; a particular form of metrical composition: as, Alcaic meter, elegiac meter. In ancient metrics meters were called monoid, pure, or simple meters when they consisted of one kind of foot throughout, compound or episynthetic meters when composed of cola of different kinds of feet, mixed meters when uniting different kinds of feet within the same colon.
    • n meter In music, the division of a composition into parts of equal time-value and of similar essential rhythmic structure. The smallest part thus indicated is that between successive primary accents, and is called a measure; in printed music this is marked by a bar before each primary accent. But meter includes also, in a general way, the division of a piece into equal and similar parts of more than one measure, such parts being called phrases or strophes. In this sense musical meter has obvious analogies with meter in verse, though the analogies cannot always be pressed with safety, especially as the nomenclature is not strictly parallel. (See metrics, 2.) Rhythm, may be distinguished from meter in that it deals primarily with the accents and the typical and actual accentual patterns, which meter gathers into groups and sections in accordance with their timevalue. This distinction, however, is not always observed or even acknowledged. Sometimes the meaning of the term is reversed, rhythm being made a matter of time, and meter one of accent. Sometimes, too, the two terms are made entirely interchangeable.
    • n meter In Eng. hymnology, a pattern of versification, including the structure of the prosodical feet used, the grouping of those feet into lines, and the grouping of lines into stanzas or strophes, popularly called verses. See foot and versification. According to the kind of feet used, meters are usually either iambic, trochaic, or dactylic. The principal iambic meters are: Common Meter (C. M.), having alternately eight and six syllables to the line; Long Meter (L M.), having eight syllables to the line; and Short Meter (S. M.), having two lines of six syllables, followed by one of eight, and then by another of six. Each of these meters has properly four lines to the stanza, so that their syllabic scheme is as follows: C. M., 8, 6, 8, 6; L. M., 8, 8, 8, 8; S. M., 6, 6, 8, 6. Each of them may also be doubled, so as to make eight-lined stanzas, the meter then being called Common Meter Double (C. M. D.), Long Meter Double (L. M. D.), or Short Meter Double (S. M. D.). Long meter may also have six lines to the stanza, and is then called Long Meter, Six Lines, or Long Particular Meter (L. P. M.), with the syllabic scheme 8, 8, 8. 8, 8, 8. Other meters of this class are Common Particular Meter (C. P. M.), 8, 8, 6, 8, 8, 6; Short Particular Meter (S. P. M.), 6, 6, 8, 6, 6, 8; Hallelujah Meter (H. M.), 6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8 (or 6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4); Sevens and Sixes, 7, 6, 7, 6; Tens, 10, 10, 10, 10; etc. The principal trochaic meters are Sevens, 7, 7, 7, 7; Eights and Sevens, 8, 7, 8, 7; Sixes, 6, 6, 6; 6 Sixes and Fives, 6, 5, 6, 5; etc. The principal dactylic meters are Elevens, 11, 11, 11, 11; Elevens and Tens, 11, 10, 11, 10; etc. Numerous modifications of these schemes occur, especially in recent hymns
    • n meter The fundamental unit of length of the French metrical system. It is the distance, at the melting-temperature of ice, between the ends of a certain platinum bar preserved in paris, and called the mètre des Archives. It was intended to be one ten-millionth part of the earth's meridian quadrant, and to be 443.296 lines of the toise of Peru, from which it really differs by a very small amount. The meter is equal to 39.37027 inches according to Professor Rogers, and to 39.36985 inches according to General Comstock. A new meter has been established by the principal nations, which is defined by the length at the melting-point of ice between two lines drawn on a bar of pla-tiniridium, which is to be kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures at the pavilion de Breteuil near Sèvres, France. This new meter is to be as nearly as possible of the same length as the old one. Abbreviated masculine
    • n meter In photography, an instrument for determining the time of exposure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Olympic pools are 50 meters long.
    • Meter a form of metre.
    • n Meter mē′tėr one who, or that which, measures, esp. an apparatus for recording automatically the quantity of a fluid passing through it, as in gas-meter, water-meter, &c
    • v.t Meter to measure by a meter
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  • Lou Erickson
    Lou Erickson
    “Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.”
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    “All men are two meters tall... give or take a meter.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. metre, F. mètre, L. metrum, fr. Gr. ; akin to Skr. , to measure. See Mete to measure


In literature:

Danley worked the controls until both his velocity meters read zero, and the distance meter read exactly one kilometer.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett
These range from 20,000 to 6,000 meters.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
In Champagne the French on the night of February 26, 1915, captured five hundred meters of German trenches to the north of Mesnil-les-Hurles.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
The outside-pressure meter went up to normal.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
When the "minute or so" had passed, Bending, who had been watching the meters on the top of the machine, said: "See this?
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Maybe he don't like to chase them meters, huh?
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
Meters.+ A verse is named from the number of prevailing feet.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
The physicists had to make mystic passes in front of meters and mutter about residual folds in stress-free space.
"Accidental Death" by Peter Baily
You may call it a heat-meter.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
A needle quivered, rose from its rest, and swung abruptly across the meter scale.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
A stately meter gives a solemn, rhythmic swing to the noble lines.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
There was a shilling-in-the-slot meter in the bath-room that acted eccentrically.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Kicked the foot press 7,149 times by the meter to-day and expected to die of weariness.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
My heart and the boat came up 2,000 meters in one jump.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
Thus a sphere 1 meter in diameter measures exactly 1 degree, if we see it at a distance of 57 meters.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
But when we measured the distance by night, 3,000 meters, I began to think that must be something else.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
The highest charge is 9.5 cents per square meter a day for meat stalls.
"A Terminal Market System" by Mrs. Elmer Black
This is called a meter boat, and is built with this length to conform with the English racing rules.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Every one hundred and sixty meters there is a tower forty meters high and fourteen meters broad.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
Thirty, forty, fifty miles registered the meter, and still we climbed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various

In poetry:

The man of brains who could invent
So true a chrono-meter
Has set a charming precedent,
And made a good repeater.
"The Little Clock" by Hattie Howard
Some ages back,
The sage Anack
Courted a frisky Samian body,
Singing her praise
In metered phrase
As flowing as his bowls of toddy.
"A Tardy Apology" by Eugene Field
In the corner of the living room was an album of unbearable photos,
many meters high and infinite minutes old,
over which everyone leaned
making fun of the dead in frock coats.
"The Dead in Frock Coats" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
In winter when the sea winds chill and shriller
Than those of summer, all their cold unload
Full on the gimcrack attic of the villa
Where I am lodging off the Orwell Road,
I put my final shilling in the meter
And only make my loneliness completer.
"Felixstowe, Or The Last Of Her Order" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

With an operating power of 6-24 VDC, this meter features a 5-digit, 4.25 mm LCD display.
Wyatt Aldrich leaps into the air as he controls the ball inside the 18-meter box just prior to taking a shot on goal.
The fluid's color could be sensed at two points that are 1 meter apart in the piping.
Finding the right pump for metering abrasive and aggressive chemicals can be challenging.
Fire guts Mission home after BC Hydro smart meter installed, Aug 3.
The appointment of a new trustee, an update report on the water meter project, and the snow plowing of streets in a subdiuvision topped the agenda last night for village officials in Creston .
Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest man in America, stands at 7 feet 8 inches tall (2.23 meters).
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally on a farm on October 9, 2012 near Van Meter, Iowa.
The band hit 107.5 decibels on the sound-level meter.
The meter measures sound ranging from 35 to 130 decibels .
A Silicon Valley startup announced Monday it has raised $9 million in venture capital and launched software services to help utilities run their operations more efficiently by using the growing amount of data collected by smart meters.
Jamaica's Bolt sets Olympic record in men's 100-meters.
MANCHESTER — With 400 meters to go in the.
Carbon nanotubes, named for their nanometer-size (one-billionth of a meter) diameters, were discovered two years ago by Dr Sumio Iijima of the NEC Corporation in Tsukuba, Japan.
These tiny creatures, he said, often wander hundreds of meters across the Sahara in search of food.

In science:

We present chemical abundances in the photosphere of δ Scuti – the prototype of the class of pulsating variables – determined from the analysis of a spectrum obtained at Terskol observatory 2 meter telescope with resolution R = 52, 000, signal to noise ratio 250.
About the chemical composition of delta Scuti - the prototype of the class of pulsating variables
Rectangular mirrors have the advantage that their edges require an aperture of 12 to 14 meters to meet the requirements for the full science mission.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
In these examples, we assume that time is measured in seconds and distance is measured in meters.
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
Remember that we assumed before that time is measured in seconds and distance is measured in meters.
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
This dimming can be para meterized as a function of wavelength (Cardelli et al. 1989; O’Donnell 1994).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The responsivity of the system was calibrated with an Ophir power meter (PD300-3W) and a HeNe-laser.
Spatial Extent of Random Laser Modes
The meter mode exits the cavity, and we count its photons.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
Observing the progressive decoherence of the “meter” in a quantum measurement.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
QND systems have also been proposed for engineering quantum dynamical evolution of a system with the help of a quantum meter .
Phase Diffusion in Quantum Dissipative Systems
Horizontal and vertical axes units are meters with color showing surface error in µm shown at right.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
This yields ≥ 25 independent points per square meter of reflector surface.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
Horizontal and vertical axes units are meters with color scale plotted as surface displacement in µm (top right).
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
Horizontal and vertical axes units are meters with color scaling showing surface error in µm.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
Grahl, “Improvement of the Effelsberg 100 meter telescope based on holographic reflector surface measurement”, Astron.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
There he was involved in the construction of the OAN 40 meter radiotelescope.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas