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Metre and Meter Definitions

Metre

Variant of meter2.

Meter

A particular arrangement of words in poetry, such as iambic pentameter, determined by the kind and number of metrical units in a line.

Metre

Variant of meter1.

Meter

The measured arrangement of words in poetry, as by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line.

Metre

The basic unit of length in the International System of Units (SI: Système International d'Unités), equal to the distance travelled by light in a vacuum in 1/299 792 458 seconds. The metre is equal to 127 (approximately 39.37) imperial inches.
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Meter

The rhythmic pattern of a stanza, determined by the kind and number of lines.

Metre

The rhythm or measure in verse and musical composition.

Meter

Division into measures or bars.

Metre

Alternative spelling of meter

Meter

A specific rhythm determined by the number of beats and the time value assigned to each note in a measure.
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Metre

To put into metrical form.

Meter

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.

Metre

See Meter.

Meter

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.

Metre

The basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)

Meter

A postage meter.

Metre

(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Meter

A parking meter.

Metre

Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time

Meter

To measure with a meter
Meter a flow of water.

Meter

To supply in a measured or regulated amount
Metered the allotted gasoline to each vehicle.

Meter

To imprint with postage or other revenue stamps by means of a postage meter or similar device
Metering bulk mail.

Meter

To provide with a parking meter or parking meters
Meter parking spaces.

Meter

A device that measures things.

Meter

A parking meter or similar device for collecting payment.
Gas meter

Meter

One who metes or measures.
A labouring coal-meter

Meter

(American spelling) The base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI), conceived as 1/10,000,000 of the distance from the North Pole to the Equator, and now defined as the distance light will travel in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 seconds.

Meter

(American spelling) The overall rhythm of a song or poem; particularly, the number of beats in a measure or syllables in a line.

Meter

(obsolete) A poem.

Meter

(American spelling) A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.

Meter

To measure with a metering device.

Meter

To imprint a postage mark with a postage meter.

Meter

To regulate the flow of or to deliver in regulated amounts (usually of fluids but sometimes of other things such as anticipation or breath).

Meter

One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter.

Meter

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

Meter

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

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.

Meter

A poem.

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

The basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)

Meter

Any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity

Meter

(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Meter

Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time

Meter

Measure with a meter;
Meter the flow of water

Meter

Stamp with a meter indicating the postage;
Meter the mail

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