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"meter" in British English

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meternoun [C]

uk   /ˈmiː.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
  • meter noun [C] (DEVICE)

a ​device that ​measures the ​amount of something that is used: The electricity meter is in the ​basement. You'll need some ​change for the parking meter. A man came to read the meter (= ​see how much ​gas had been used). the ​device in a ​taxi that ​measures the ​distance or the ​amount of ​timespenttravelling and ​shows how much you have to ​pay: The ​cabdriverleft the meter running while I ​helped Mum to her ​frontdoor.
  • meter noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

US spelling of metre

meterverb [T]

uk   /ˈmiː.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
to use meters to ​measure how much ​gas, ​electricity, or ​water is used: Britain's ​watercompanies are ​planning to meter ​waterconsumption.
(Definition of meter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"meter" in American English

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meternoun

 us   /ˈmi·t̬ər/
  • meter noun (MEASUREMENT)

[C] (abbreviation m) a ​unit of ​measurement of ​lengthequal to 100 ​centimeters or 39.37 ​inches
  • meter noun (DEVICE)

[C] a ​device that ​measures the ​amount of ​gas, ​water, or ​electricity used [C] In a ​taxi (= ​car whose ​driver you ​pay to take you ​somewhere), a meter is the ​device that ​measures the ​distance or the ​amount of ​timespenttraveling and ​records how much you have to ​pay.
  • meter noun (RHYTHM)

literature [C/U] the ​rhythm of a ​poem, ​produced by the ​arrangement of ​syllablesaccording to the ​number and ​type of ​beats in each ​line music [C/U] Meter is the ​rhythm that ​organizes the ​beats in a ​piece of ​music into a ​pattern.
(Definition of meter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"meter" in Business English

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meternoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmiːtər/
a ​piece of ​equipment that ​measures the ​amount of something that has been used: electricity/​gas/water meter parking meterread a/the meter Your meter will be read ​regularly in ​order to ​avoidsending you ​estimatedbills.
TRANSPORT the ​piece of ​equipment in a taxi that ​measures the distance ​travelled or the ​amount of ​timespenttravelling, and ​shows how much you have to ​pay: If no ​fare is ​agreed at the ​start of the ​trip, the ​maximumfare will be that shown on the meter.
MEASURES US for metre
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meterverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmiːtər/
to use a meter to ​measure how much ​gas, electricity, etc. has been used, or how much a taxi ​ridecosts: The water ​supply to most new homes is metered. You should ​agree on a ​price with the ​driver or ​ask for the ​trip to be metered.
(Definition of meter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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