**meter** | | |

*n. (quantity)* | **1**. **m**, **meter**, **metre** | the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards). |

| ~ metric linear unit | a linear unit of distance in metric terms. |

| ~ decimeter, decimetre, dm | a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter. |

| ~ decameter, decametre, dekameter, dekametre, dkm, dam | a metric unit of length equal to ten meters. |

*n. (artifact)* | **2**. **meter** | any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity. |

| ~ ammeter | a meter that measures the flow of electrical current in amperes. |

| ~ electric meter, power meter | a meter for measuring the amount of electric power used. |

| ~ electrometer | meter to measure electrostatic voltage differences; draws no current from the source. |

| ~ fluxmeter | meter that measures magnetic flux by the current it generates in a coil. |

| ~ galvanometer | meter for detecting or comparing or measuring small electric currents. |

| ~ gas meter, gasometer | a meter for measuring the amount of gas flowing through a particular pipe. |

| ~ gaussmeter, magnetometer | a meter to compare strengths of magnetic fields. |

| ~ measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system | instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something. |

| ~ hodometer, mileometer, milometer, odometer | a meter that shows mileage traversed. |

| ~ ohmmeter | a meter for measuring electrical resistance in ohms. |

| ~ postage meter | meter for bulk mailings that imprints correct prepaid postage on pieces of mail and records the total charge. |

| ~ radiometer | meter to detect and measure radiant energy (electromagnetic or acoustic). |

| ~ reflectometer | a meter that measures the reflectance of a surface. |

| ~ speed indicator, speedometer | a meter fixed to a vehicle that measures and displays its speed. |

| ~ taximeter | a meter in a taxi that registers the fare (based on the length of the ride). |

| ~ voltmeter | meter that measures the potential difference between two points. |

| ~ volumeter | a meter to measure the volume of gases, liquids, or solids (either directly or by displacement). |

| ~ water meter | meter for measuring the quantity of water passing through a particular outlet. |

*n. (communication)* | **3**. **beat**, **cadence**, **measure**, **meter**, **metre** | (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse. |

| ~ metrics, prosody | the study of poetic meter and the art of versification. |

| ~ poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosody | (prosody) a system of versification. |

| ~ catalexis | the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse. |

| ~ scansion | analysis of verse into metrical patterns. |

| ~ common meter, common measure | the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad. |

| ~ metrical foot, metrical unit, foot | (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm. |

*n. (attribute)* | **4**. **meter**, **metre**, **time** | rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration. |

| ~ rhythmicity | the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music. |

*v. (change)* | **5**. **meter** | measure with a meter.; "*meter the flow of water*" |

| ~ measure, quantify | express as a number or measure or quantity.; "*Can you quantify your results?*" |

*v. (contact)* | **6**. **meter** | stamp with a meter indicating the postage.; "*meter the mail*" |

| ~ stamp | affix a stamp to.; "*Are the letters properly stamped?*" |

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