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English

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Alternative spellings

meter (chiefly U.S.), and common verb everywhere

Pronunciation

IPA: /ˈmiːtə(r)/
SAMPA: /"mi:t@(r)/

Etymology 1

From Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure", "rule", "length", "size", "poetic metre"); via French mètre.

Noun

Singular
metre

Plural
{{{1}}}

metre ({{{1}}}) (Commonwealth)
  1. The basic unit of length in the International System of Units (SI: Système International d'Unités). It is defined as the length of the path travelled by light in a vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second. It is equal to 39+47127 (approximately 39.37) imperial inches.
    Spelling: This, rather than meter, is the spelling adopted by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures for use in its publications.
    Symbol: m
Quotations
  • 1797: The Monthly magazine and British register, No. 3
The measures of length above the metre are ten times ... greater than the metre.
  • 1873: The Young Englishwoman, April
A dress length of 8 metres of the best quality costs 58 francs.
  • 1928: The Observer, April 15
The 12-metre yachts ... can be sailed efficiently with four paid hands.
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Etymology 2

From Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure", "rule", "length", "size", "poetic metre"); via Latin metrum.

Noun

Singular
metre

Plural
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metre ({{{1}}}) (Commonwealth)
  1. The rhythm or measure in verse and musical composition.
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Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to metre

Third person singular
metr

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ed

to metre (third-person singular simple present metr, present participle ed, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (poetry) (music) To put into metrical form.
  2. (rare) (Commonwealth) Alternative spelling of meter.

Usage notes

The standard spelling of the verb meaning to measure is meter throughout the English-speaking world.


Turkish

metre

Noun

metre

  1. metre, meter (unit of measure, 100 cm)
  2. rule, folding rule

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