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English Dictionary: meter by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
meter
n
  1. the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
    Synonym(s): meter, metre, m
  2. any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
  3. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    Synonym(s): meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence
  4. rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
    Synonym(s): meter, metre, time
v
  1. measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"
  2. stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Meter \Me"ter\, n.
      A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is
      attached in order to strengthen it.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Meter \Me"ter\, Metre \Me"tre\, n. [OE. metre, F. m[8a]tre, L.
      metrum, fr. Gr. [?]; akin to Skr. m[be] to measure. See
      {Mete} to measure.]
      1. 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.
                                                                              --Wordsworth.
  
      2. A poem. [Obs.] --Robynson (More's Utopia).
  
      3. 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}.
  
      {Common meter} (Hymnol.), four iambic verses, or lines,
            making a stanza, the first and third having each four
            feet, and the second and fourth each three feet; --
            usually indicated by the initials C.M.
  
      {Long meter} (Hymnol.), iambic verses or lines of four feet
            each, four verses usually making a stanza; -- commonly
            indicated by the initials L. M.
  
      {Short meter} (Hymnol.), iambic verses or lines, the first,
            second, and fourth having each three feet, and the third
            four feet. The stanza usually consists of four lines, but
            is sometimes doubled. Short meter is indicated by the
            initials S. M.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   -meter \-me"ter\ [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. [?]. See
      {Meter} rhythm.]
      A suffix denoting that by which anything is measured; as,
      barometer, chronometer, dynamometer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Meter \Me"ter\, n. [From {Mete} to measure.]
      1. One who, or that which, metes or measures. See
            {Coal-meter}.
  
      2. An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording
            automatically, the quantity measured.
  
      {Dry meter}, a gas meter having measuring chambers, with
            flexible walls, which expand and contract like bellows and
            measure the gas by filling and emptying.
  
      {W[?]t meter}, a gas meter in which the revolution of a
            chambered drum in water measures the gas passing through
            it.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   meter
  
      US spelling of "{metre}".
  
      (1998-02-07)
  
  
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