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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n metre rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
    • n metre (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    • n metre 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 deepest mine in the world is the East Rand mine, which goes to a depth of about 3,585 metres
    • Metre 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.
    • Metre A poem.
    • Metre 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 ."
    • n Metre mē"tẽr See Meter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest bridge in the world is located in the Himalyan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army, in 1982, and is about 5,600 metres above sea level
    • n metre See meter.
    • n metre See meter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tallest tree recorded is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California. It is a coast redwood and has been measured at 117 metres high
    • n Metre mē′tėr that regulated succession of certain groups of syllables in which poetry is usually written—these groups of long and short (classical) or accented (English) syllables being called feet: rhythm: verse, or poetry generally: a plan of versification, the character of a stanza as consisting of a given number of lines composed of feet of a given number, construction, and accent: musical time
    • n Metre mā′tr the fundamental unit of length in the metric system—one ten-millionth of a quadrant of the Meridian—39.3707904 English inches
    • Metre Same as Meter.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. metre, F. mètre, L. metrum, fr. Gr. ; akin to Skr. , to measure. See Mete to measure


In literature:

There was also a number of bronze vessels and weapons, including swords, some of which were nearly a metre in length.
"The Sea-Kings of Crete" by James Baikie
He found also the ancient wall of the city, which had been built by Naram-Sin, 13.7 metres wide.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
The Delta of the Volga and the Caspian Sea lie twenty-five metres below the level of the Black Sea.
"Russia" by Various
He also wrote an Odyssey in the Saturnian metre, and some hymns.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
The railway is 584 m. long and is of metre (3.28 ft.) gauge, the Sudan, and South and Central African lines being of 3 ft. 6 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Tavernier-Gravet makes them of that size and longer, even 1/2 metre long.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Small blame it is therefore to Tegner that Schiller's poems furnished him with frequent suggestions and sometimes also with metres.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
The Versaillais are at a distance of 200 metres from the ramparts from the Point du Jour to Vanves.
"The Insurrection in Paris" by An Englishman: Davy
They are, in reality, fragmentary poems of fourteen lines each, bound to no metre or order of rhyme.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
Translated in the Original Metres, with copious Critical and Explanatory Notes by BAYARD TAYLOR.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Those who turn to them will certainly be struck by the command of language and metre they display.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
He also issued in 1767 an edition of the Psalms in metre, one of the earliest books printed from type cast in America.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
Here are some lines from old Lily, which your ear will put in the proper metre.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
It gave rise to the various metres used in the epics, and sometimes formed the basis of these longer works.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
There is something sacramental in perfect metre and rhythm.
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
She saw that I had no idea of metre, so she proceeded to teach me.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
The roof of the building is gone, and on the south side a part of the walls themselves are reduced to a few metres elevation.
"Historical Introduction to Studies Among the Sedentary Indians of New Mexico; Report on the Ruins of the Pueblo of Pecos" by Adolphus Bandelier
His addiction to metre was then such, that his companions familiarly called him poet.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
It passed within three metres of my head and landed just beyond.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
The Garden of the Tuileries has a superficial area of 232,632 square metres.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield

In poetry:

Life is completer
Through his control;
Living made sweeter
Even through dole,
Hearing Love's metre
Sing in the soul.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
We must write the music, whatever the song,
Whatever its rhyme, or metre;
And if it is sad, we can make it glad,
Or if sweet, we can make it sweeter.
"Our Lives" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The metre wild, the metre wild,
How many an eve I loiter where,
By its sweet melody beguiled,
I muse on nature's charms and share
Her metrical symposium.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
And far away down the cultured vale,
Echoing goes the evening hymn,
Of some rude swain of Lauderdale;
Soothing and sweet, the lay of him
Chimes with the metre wild.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
A skilful musician, and one who is versed
In metre and measure, whenever he hears
The pitiful song of the Jewish dispersed,
It touches his heart and it moves him to tears.
"Sephirah" by Morris Rosenfeld
Shou'dst thou, O Christian! ask, who sung these strains,
And strove these truths in metre to comprize?
It was a Christian priest, who took the pains,
In hopes thereby to help thee to the skies.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Mady Van Metre had 12 kills, Ashley Salgado had 19 digs and Tanya Literski added 37 assists Wednesday to lead the MCC volleyball team to a three-game sweep of Clinton Community College.
Divers Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito of Canada won bronze in Women's 10-metre Synchronized Diving.
Richmond Silverleaf shutter, Hillarys, from £333 per sq metre.
The intense pressure at 4000 metres, following some 16 hours deep in the ocean, had taken its toll on one of her systems.
The machines bore an average of 15 metres a day.
The British weather was wonderful and the anticipation of Oscar Pistorius running in the 400-metre final all contributed to a magical evening.
But the fields below Mt Teide are mostly pumice-stone, dominated by Spain's highest peak (3,817 metres).
The Coast Guard said the water temperature was a relatively warm 25C in the area where crews were searching for Walbridge, but that there were still 4.6-metre waves and strong winds.
Bandit Lites has purchased a new 8,400 square metre/25,000 square foot facility in Bedford, United Kingdom, that will serve as the headquarters for Bandit Lites' European operations.
It is able to create things with dimensions of up to 2.5 metres by 1.2 metres by 1 metre.
The diving team has been training for the exercise for more than a year, diving to depths of 75 metres.
Native won a World Cup bronze in the men's individual three-metre event to continue a great week for Canadian divers .
Richest silver intercept of 2,059 g/t Ag over 1.3 metres.
Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius fourth in 100-metre sprint final.
1 in Canada with 30 buildings over 150 metres while Calgary is runner up with 14.

In science:

Una mosca `e chiusa in un bidone cilindrico, di raggio di base $R=\Val{R} ˜\centi\metre$ e altezza $H=\Val{H} ˜\centi\metre$.
WebTeach in practice: the entrance test to the Engineering faculty in Florence
Six metre-sized mirrors were used to look for the Cherenkov light from cosmic rays which are generated by gamma ray interactions in the upper atmosphere.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
The holes range from several hundred metres to 3 km in depth and the water in them rapidly refreezes, trapping the PMTs within the ice.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
AST/RO, the Antarctic Sub-millimetre Telescope and Remote Observatory (see Figure 8), is a 1.7-metre telescope built for this purpose, with the primary aim of measuring the dominant cooling lines from dense interstellar gas, where stars are forming (Lane & Stark 1997; Stark et al. 2001).
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Several experiments were involved. A one square metre Bell Labs offset horn antenna was used with a single-pixel 1 mm wavelength bolometer (called “Miss Piggy”), borrowed from the University of Chicago airborne astronomy programme.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Their depths range from several hundred metres to 3 km deep.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Suppose Alice and Bob are observers with some non-zero relative velocity, and suppose we denote the length of Alice’s metre stick by L1 and the length of Bob’s metre stick by L2 .
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
The mistake was in assuming that there is a single intrinsic property – the length of Alice’s metre stick – to which they are both referring.
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
Really, there is only the world-sheet of Alice’s metre stick, and the world-sheet of Bob’s metre stick, and different time-slices of these sheets.
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
We conclude that optical searches of the Galactic Plane for new massive WR stars remain worthwhile, if taken to greater depths of R ∼ 19 that still lie well within the grasp of even 4-metre class telescopes.
Five WC9 stars discovered in the AAO/UKST H-alpha Survey
The results indicate that, in spite of the very demanding stability conditions, a sphere of outer diameter of the order one metre is sufficient.
Theoretical foundations for on-ground tests of LISA PathFinder thermal diagnostics
However, metre-size particles have ts ∼ Ω−1 and are only marginally coupled to the gas, and much larger bodies are mostly unaffected by gas drag.
From discs to planetesimals I: evolution of gas and dust discs
This mechanism provides an attractive solution to the metre-size problem, and represents one of the most promising means of forming planetesimals (Johansen et al., 2007).
From discs to planetesimals I: evolution of gas and dust discs
Particles of 10–1000cm are especially susceptible to radial drift, and we have seen that this “metre-size barrier” provides a significant challenge for theories of planetesimal formation.
From discs to planetesimals I: evolution of gas and dust discs
Large, deep redshift surveys, and particularly surveys of relatively rare ob jects, require deep, wide-field imaging to select the target samples. [Sutherland] described the plans for a nextgeneration survey telescope, the 4-metre Visible-Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA).
Redshift Surveys and Cosmology