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Definition of meter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (metre) noun
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  1. 1[countable] (abbreviation m.) a unit for measuring length; a hundred centimeters
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] (abbreviation m.) used in the name of races She came in second in the 200 meters. the 4×100 meter(s) relay
  3. 3(especially in compounds) a device that measures and records the amount of electricity, gas, water, etc. that you have used or the time and distance you have traveled, etc. A man came to read the gas meter. a water meter The cab driver left the meter running while he waited for us. see also light meter
  4. 4= parking meter
  5. 5[uncountable, countable] the arrangement of strong and weak stresses in lines of poetry that produces the rhythm; a particular example of this
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