Definition of meter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmiːtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːtər//
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  1. 1(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 travelled, etc. A man came to read the gas meter. The cab driver left the meter running while he waited for us. see also light meter See related entries: Devices
  2. 2= parking meter
  3. 3-meter (in compounds) a device for measuring the thing mentioned speedometer altimeter calorimeter
  4. 4(North American English) = metre Who holds the record in the 100 meters?
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Middle English (in the sense ‘person who measures’): from mete + -er. The current sense dates from the 19th cent.Extra examples The electricity company will send an employee to read your meter. The taxi driver kept the meter running. The taxi waited, its motor running, the meter ticking away. The taxi waited, the meter ticking away. The token meter is operated by tokens costing £1 or £5. a man in uniform checking the parking meters
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: meter