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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Shelton fed the electricity meter.
gas meter
light meter
meter maid
parking meter
postage meter
water meter
▪ If conservation measures were adopted, the report said, the forests could cope with 9.2 million cubic meters a year.
▪ They put an upper limit of 4.6 million cubic meters on annual timber extraction.
▪ The former building firm supervisor has been tending the 200 square meter allotment near his Newton home for the past eight years.
▪ He added the group is now trying to select the site for the 660, 000 square meter plant.
▪ Here are more varieties of living creatures crammed into a square meter than anywhere else on the planet.
▪ That translates into about 2, 800 square meters of arabie land for each person on earth.
▪ He admitted stealing £85 from the electricity meter and burglary involving £10.
▪ Consumers complained about unaffordable debt repayment settings on both gas and electricity meters.
▪ Hugh was busy telling the assembled how best to fiddle your electricity meter.
▪ Their invention was an electricity meter controlled by signals from the power company.
▪ Mr Pat Roberts for installation of a coin operated electricity meter.
▪ Read in studio A faulty electricity meter is being blamed for starting a house fire which left six people in hospital.
▪ The electricity meter caught my eye as I came up.
▪ You need a special electricity meter for this.
▪ The gas meter and pipes were only inches away.
▪ He says that if the fire had melted the gas meter, there would have been an explosion.
▪ Capital expenditure was switched to current accounts, and parking meters and town halls leased to private companies.
▪ I took his parking meter space in part-payment for my woman.
▪ In any event, they are adjusted one way or the other at the next meter reading.
▪ It may prove useful for load management, but it does not solve the meter reading problem.
▪ Take a meter reading off an area of grassland and lock in.
▪ Or it may contain data such as an electricity meter reading.
▪ The changes for domestic customers with quarterly accounts are effective from the first meter reading after April.
▪ The watchdog sees more purpose in changing demand with domestic water meters.
▪ As only about 1 percent of households have water meters, there's still little information on how metering works in practice.
▪ Many customers will have to foot the bill for water meters, which most companies will eventually install.
▪ The system allows gas, electricity and water meters to be read.
▪ This period can be reduced if you are allowed to install the water meter yourself.
▪ Friends of the Earth say water meters are the only answer.
▪ Friends of the Earth agree; they're calling for the introduction of water meters.
▪ While feeding the meter I had a sudden blank on whether my meter was in front or behind my car.
▪ Only when the user has fed coins into the meter does the electricity flow.
▪ Terrassa-based Telecom Valles, which provided 50% of the cash for the project, developed and installed the meter system.
▪ The City has installed 300 of the meters in West Portal to test their reliability.
▪ This period can be reduced if you are allowed to install the water meter yourself.
▪ The customer would need to install a meter capable of recording usage by the hour.
▪ The problem of destruction of, and theft from, parking meters is City wide and costs this authority a great deal.
▪ The double white stripe is for show, as are the two parking meters.
▪ BOutside, the valet parkers lean against the parking meters.
▪ Is Big Brother reading your meter?
▪ Electricity, gas and water companies have sought many years for a way to read meters without visiting the customer's premises.
▪ That way, when you had a fire mission, you would read this 400-meter change on your plastic cursor.
▪ Understand and use simple rates; e.g. £ per hour, miles per gallon. Read meters and dials of various types.
▪ The utilities also have announced they will read meters every other month and use an estimate between readings.
▪ Electricity: read meter on arrival and departure - cost is ten pence per unit to cover standing charge as well as unit cost.
▪ Manville glanced over the driver's shoulder, reading the meter.
▪ Diesel smoke Vehicles with diesel engines will be checked for smoke emission, using smoke meters.
▪ We never used the meter monitors as the eyes and ears of the police force.
▪ The company also saw nearly a halving of complaints against it and is hoping to widen the number of people using meters.
▪ A security officer from a nearby building appeared with a piece of metal which possibly had been used to attack the meter.
▪ a gas meter
▪ the taxi meter
▪ Each time Joe Consumer retrieves a file from a commercial server, the payment meter is ticking.
▪ Heating is normally charged separately, often by coin meter.
▪ The City has installed 300 of the meters in West Portal to test their reliability.
▪ The four Brent and two Ninian meters measure the incoming oil from offshore.
▪ Their invention was an electricity meter controlled by signals from the power company.
▪ Token meters are also available from most gas regions.
▪ The gas is metered and they send you a bill every three months.
▪ They've introduced a system of metering the amount of water used in a household.
▪ Water use is metered in most Sacramento homes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

    Wet 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 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.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also metre, "poetic measure," Old English meter "meter, versification," from Latin metrum, from Greek metron "meter, a verse; that by which anything is measured; measure, length, size, limit, proportion," from PIE root *me- (2) "to measure" (see meter (n.2)). Possibly reborrowed early 14c. (after a 300-year gap in recorded use) from Old French metre, with specific sense of "metrical scheme in verse," from Latin metrum.


also metre, unit of length, 1797, from French mètre (18c.), from Greek metron "measure," from PIE root *me- (2) "to measure" (cognates: Greek metra "lot, portion," Sanskrit mati "measures," matra "measure," Avestan, Old Persian ma-, Latin metri "to measure"). Developed by French Academy of Sciences for system of weights and measures based on a decimal system originated 1670 by French clergyman Gabriel Mouton. Originally intended to be one ten-millionth of the length of a quadrant of the meridian.


"device for measuring," abstracted 1832 from gas-meter, etc., from French -mètre, used in combinations (in English from 1790), from Latin metrum "measure" or cognate Greek metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)). Influenced by English meter "person who measures" (late 14c., agent noun from mete (v.)). As short for parking meter from 1960. Meter maid first recorded 1957; meter reader 1963.


"to measure by means of a meter," 1884, from meter (n.3). Meaning "install parking meters" is from 1957.


n. 1 (''always'' '''meter''') A device that measures things. 2 (''always'' '''meter''') A parking meter or similar device for collecting payment. 3 (''always'' '''meter''') (context dated English) One who metes or measures. 4 (context chiefly US elsewhere metre English) The base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI), conceived of as 1/10000000 of the distance from the North Pole to the Equator, and now defined as the distance light will travel in a vacuum in 1/299792458 second. vb. 1 to measure with a metering device. 2 to imprint a postage mark with a postage meter

  1. v. measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"

  2. stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail"

  1. n. the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards) [syn: metre, m]

  2. any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity

  3. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse [syn: metre, measure, beat, cadence]

  4. rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time [syn: metre, time]

Meter (disambiguation)

Meter or metre is a unit of measurement of length.

Meter or metre may also refer to :

  • Meter (device) or measuring instrument
  • Meter (goddess) or Cybele, an Anatolian-Aegean mother goddess
  • Meter (hymn), the syllable patterns in hymn stanzas
  • Meter (music), the regular underlying temporal grid of music
  • Metre (poetry), the regular linguistic sound patterns of a verse
  • The Meters, a funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana from the late 1960s until 1977
    • The Meters (album)
  • Metrae or Metre, an ancient city and bishopric now Çatalca district in European Istanbul

Usage examples of "meter".

Stevens had read his meters, learning with satisfaction that the full current was still flowing into the accumulators, he began to cut up the meat.

Loose regular meter, alliteration, stylised phrasing, and structuring by repetition are the principal poetic devices.

As a backup to the recycling systems, each arcology would tow along an asteroid several hundred meters across, to be mined as needed.

If we do not change by either adopting an assimilationist program or insisting on metered and legal immigration, or both, we shall soon see a culture in southern and central California that really is a hybrid civilization, a zona libre not unlike what already exists in parts of inner Los Angeles and many rural California towns such as Orange Cove, Mendota, Malaga and Parlier.

Although individual bacteria also use omnidirectional radiation to communicate with their closest neighbors at the distances of up to a few millimeters, the strength of such signal is very low and it cannot be used for communications at a long range of, say, tens of meters.

The Barracuda had gone down in more than a thousand meters of water with all hands lost.

Helena pointed at what appeared to be a metal boomerang about a meter across.

After a bit of inspection, Richard was fairly certain that the alien thing had once been a metal boomerang about a meter or so from tip to tip.

A circle ten meters across appears in midair and seems to sink into the sand until a Brane Hole cuts a slice out of space and time.

At a thousand feet above them the disc went into a bravura display of falling-leaf motion, finally swooping around the platform until it came to rest a few meters above and a meter out from the safety rail.

As Srin peered intently at the patches of light on the surface of the instrument, Manship suddenly guessed that they were meter readings.

That, Manship realized, was how he had learned that the shifting patches of light on the spheroid were meter readings.

Something else the Property Protection chief knew was that the extensive electric and gas metering and controls were on the lowest floor.

He knew exactly where the Molt was going to appear, but spraying the area a hundred and fifty meters down the wash would have been suicidal.

If he had fired as he intended into the center of mass of the warrior coalescing a meter away, the satchel charge the Molt was clutching to his chest would have gone off and vaporized the jeep.