- metermeter1 [mēt′ər]n.[ME metre < OFr < L metrum < Gr metron, measure < IE base * mē-, to mark off, MEASURE]1.a) rhythm in verse; measured, patterned arrangement of syllables, primarily according to stress or length: see also FOOT, sense 9b) the specific rhythm as determined by the prevailing foot and the number of feet in the line [iambic meter]c) the specific rhythmic pattern of a stanza as determined by the kind and number of lines2. the basic pattern of beats in successive measures of a piece of music: it is usually indicated in the time signature3. [Fr mètre: see -METER] the basic unit of linear measure in the metric system, equal to 39.3701 inches: now defined in the SI system as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second: abbrev. mmeter2 [mēt′ər]n.1. [ METE1 + -ER] a person who measures; esp., an official who measures commodities2. [< words ending in -METER]a) an instrument or apparatus for measuring; esp., an apparatus for measuring and recording the quantity or rate of flow of gas, electricity, or water passing through it☆ b) POSTAGE METER☆ c) PARKING METERd) TAXIMETERvt.1. to measure or record with a meter or meters2. to provide in measured quantities☆ 3. to process (mail) in a postage meter
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.