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metre (metric linear unit)

Definition:

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

Class:

quantity noun (quantities and units of measure)

Related to:

metrical

Plural:

metres

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

decimeter

Synonyms:

meter [American spelling] | m [acronym]

Etymology:

French mètre, from Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure", "rule", "length",...
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All senses of metre...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Metre | meter | m

the fundamental unit of length in the International System of Units. Originally intended to be one ten-millionth of the distance from the Earth's equator to the North Pole, its definition has been periodically refined to reflect growing knowledge of ... (39 of 4454 words, 5 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Metre

Britannica Encyclopedia:

metre [music] | Meter

in music, rhythmic pattern constituted by the grouping of basic temporal units, called beats, into regular measures, or bars; in Western notation, ... (22 of 332 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/378749​/metre

metre [prosody] | Meter

in poetry, the rhythmic pattern of a poetic line. Various principles, based on the natural rhythms of language, have been devised to organize poetic ... (24 of 565 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/378757​/metre

metre | m [abbreviation] | metermetre [abbreviation]

metre in measurement, fundamental unit of length in the metric system and in the International Systems of Units. It's equal to approximately 39.37 ... (23 of 230 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/378737​/metre-m

Wiktionary:

metre | metres [plural] | Canada [plural] | metred [past tense] | metring [present participle] | meter [sense-specific] | m [synonym, sense-specific]

The basic unit of length in the International System of Units (SI: Système International d'Unités). It's equal to 39+47127 (approximately 39.37) imperial inches. | [British, rare] Alternative spelling of meter. | The... (30 of 164 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metre

Collins Dictionary:

metre | meter [United States] | time [sense-specific]

a metric unit of length equal to approximately 1.094 yards | the basic SI unit of length; the length of the path travelled by light in free space ... (27 of 487 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/metre

Random House Dictionary:

meter | -meter | metred [British, past tense] | metring [British, present participle] | m [abbreviation, sense-specific] | metre [British, sense-specific] | parking meter [British, sense-specific]

the fundamental unit of length in the metric system, equivalent to 39.37 ... | "meter" : [music] ; the rhythmic element as measured by division into ... (25 of 286 words, 8 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/meter

New World Dictionary:

meter | m [abbreviation, sense-specific]

rhythm in verse; measured, patterned arrangement of syllables, primarily ... | the basic pattern of beats in successive measures of a piece of music: ... (23 of 207 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/meter

Oxford Dictionary:

metre [entry 1] | meter [United States] | m [abbreviation] | ---- metres [abbreviation] | metreage [derived]

the fundamental unit of length in the metric system, equal to 100 centimetres or approximately 39.37 inches | ("---- metres") : a race over a ... (24 of 90 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metre

metre [entry 2] | meter [United States]

the rhythm of a piece of poetry, determined by the number and length of feet in a line | the basic rhythmic pattern of beats in a piece of music Do ... (30 of 140 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metre--2

Merriam-Webster:

meter [entry 1, noun] | metre [British]

systematically arranged and measured rhythm in verse: rhythm that ... | the basic recurrent rhythmical pattern of note values, accents, and beats per ... (22 of 121 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/meter

Cambridge Dictionary:

metre [entry 1, British] | m | meter [United States]

([abbreviation] "m") a unit of measurement equal to 100 centimetres (10 of 76 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/metre 1

metre [entry 2, British, specialized] | meter [United States]

the regular arrangement of syllables in poetry according to the number and type of beats in a line (18 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/metre 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

metre | metres [plural] | meter [American spelling]

[countable, math] a unit for measuring length in the metric system, containing 100 centimetres | [countable/uncountable, literary] the patterns of ... (19 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/metre

American Heritage Dictionary:

metre

[British] Variant of "meter". | [British] Variant of "meter". (8 of 12 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metre

Columbia Encyclopedia:

meter

in music, the division of a composition into units of equal time value called measures, and the subdivision of those measures into an underlying ... (24 of 130 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0832906​.html

meter

abbreviation m, fundamental unit of length in the metric system. The meter was originally defined as 1/10,000,000 of the distance between the equator ... (23 of 108 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0832905​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

meter [entry 2, symbol] | meters [plural] | m [symbol]

the basic SI unit of length, equivalent to approximately (1.094 yd) or (39.37 in.) m (15 of 37 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629569​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

metre | metres [plural] | Canada [plural] | metred [past tense] | metring [present participle]

Origin: French mètre, from Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure", "rule", "length", "size", "poetic metre") | Old English, from Latin metrum, from Ancient Greek See #Etymology 1

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metre

meter | meters [plural] | metered [past tense] | metering [present participle]

Origin: French mètre, from Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/meter

Collins Dictionary:

metre | meter [United States]

First use: 18th century | 14th century

Origin: from French; see metre2 | from Latin metrum, from Greek metron measure

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/metre

meter [United States] | metre | -meter

First use: 19th century | 18th century | 14th century

Origin: see mete1 | from French; see metre2 | from Latin metrum, from Greek metron measure | from Greek metron measure

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/meter

Online Etymology:

metre

Origin: British English spelling of "meter"; for suffix, see "-re".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=metre

Oxford Dictionary:

metre [entry 1] | meter [United States] | m [abbreviation] | ---- metres [abbreviation]

First use: late 18th century

Origin: French mètre, from Greek metron "measure"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metre

metre [entry 2] | meter [United States]

Origin: Old English, reinforced in Middle English by Old French metre, from Latin metrum, from Greek metron "measure"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metre--2

meter [entry 3]

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "person who measures"): from "mete1" + "-er1". The current sense dates from the 19th century

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/meter--3

New World Dictionary:

meter

Origin: French mètre: see "-meter" | Middle English metre from Old French from Latin metrum from Greek metron, measure from ... (18 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/meter

American Heritage Dictionary:

meter

Origin: French -mètre, from Greek metron, measure; see mē- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/meter

Merriam-Webster:

meter

Origin: French -mètre, from Greek metron measure

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/meter show=3

meter [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English and Anglo-French; Old English mēter, from Latin metrum, from Greek metron measure, meter; ... (21 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/meter

meter [entry 2, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from meten to mete

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/meter show=1

meter [entry 3, noun]

First use: 1797

Origin: French mètre, from Greek metron measure

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/meter show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

meter [entry 1] | meters [plural]

First use: Pre-12th century

Origin: Directly or via French metre from Latin metrum from Greek metron "measure"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629567​/definition​.html  [offline]

meter [entry 2, symbol] | meters [plural]

First use: Late 18th century

Origin: French metre from Greek metron

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629569​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

metre | metres [plural] | Canada [plural] | metred [past tense] | metring [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "metre"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metre

meter | meters [plural] | metered [past tense] | metering [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "meter"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/meter

Macmillan British Dictionary:

metre | metres [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "metre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/metre

meter [countable] | meters [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "meter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/meter

meter [transitive, verb] | metered [past tense] | metering [present participle] | meters [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "meter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/meter 8

meter

Audio: British English pronunciation of "meter"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

metre

Audio: North American pronunciation of "metre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/metre

meter | meters [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "meter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/meter

meter [transitive, verb] | metered [past tense] | metering [present participle] | meters [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "meter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/meter 10

the Free Dictionary:

metre

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "metre"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "metre"

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meter

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "meter"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "meter"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "meter" by speech synthesizer

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

metre

Audio: North American pronunciation of "metre"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=metre​001 word=metre

meter

Audio: North American pronunciation of "meter"

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YourDictionary Audio:

metre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "metre"

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meter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "meter" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

metre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "metre" by speech synthesizer

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Meter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Meter" by speech synthesizer

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Collins Dictionary:

meter [United States] | metre | -meter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "meter"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/meter

Cambridge Dictionary:

meter [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "meter"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "meter"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/meter 1

Google Dictionary:

meter | meters [plural] | metres [plural] | metered [past tense] | metering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "meter"

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