Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Meter'
- the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards) [syn: metre, m]
- any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
- (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse [syn: metre, measure, beat, cadence]
- rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time [syn: metre, time] v
- measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"
- stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail" "-meter" web1913 "Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)" -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.
- Meter \Me"ter\, n. [From Mete to measure.]
- One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter.
- 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.
- Meter \Me"ter\, n.
A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is
attached in order to strengthen it.
- Meter \Me"ter\, Metre \Me"tre\, n. [OE. metre, F. m[`e]tre, L.
metrum, fr. Gr. ?; akin to Skr. m[=a] to measure. See Mete
- 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.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Meter'
The metre (or meter), symbol m, is the base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI). Originally intended to be one ten-millionth of the distance from the Earth's equator to the North Pole (at sea level), its definition has been periodically refined to reflect growing knowledge of metrology. Since 1983, it is defined as the distance travelled by light in vacuum in 1⁄299,792,458 of a second.
The first recorded proposal for a decimal-based unit of length was the universal measure unit proposed by the English philosopher John Wilkins in 1668.
In 1668 Wilkins proposed using Christopher Wren's suggestion of a pendulum with a half-period of one second to measure a standard length that Christiaan Huygens had observed to be 38 Rhineland or 39¼ English inches (997 mm) in length. In the eighteenth century, there were two favoured approaches to the definition of the standard unit of length. One approach followed Wilkins in defining the metre as the length of a pendulum with a half-period of one second, a 'seconds pendulum'. The other approach suggested defining the metre as one ten-millionth of the length of the Earth's meridian along a quadrant, that is the distance from the Equator to the North Pole. In 1791, the French Academy of Sciences selected the meridional definition over the pendular definition because the force of gravity varies slightly over the surface of the Earth, which affects the period of a pendulum.[See more about Meter at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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