Meaning of “meter” in the English Dictionary

"meter" in British English

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meternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmiː.tər/ us /ˈmiː.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 time spent travelling and shows how much you have to pay:

The cab driver left the meter running while I helped Mum to her front door.

meter noun [ C ] (MEASUREMENT)

US spelling of metre

meterverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmiː.tər/ us /ˈmiː.t̬ɚ/

to use meters to measure how much gas, electricity, or water is used:

Britain's water companies are planning to meter water consumption.

(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 length equal 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 time spent traveling and records how much you have to pay.

meter noun (RHYTHM)

literature [ C/U ] the rhythm of a poem, produced by the arrangement of syllables according 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 /ˈmiːtər/ us

a piece of equipment that measures the amount of something that has been used:

electricity/gas/water meter
parking meter
read a/the meter Your meter will be read regularly in order to avoid sending you estimated bills.

TRANSPORT the piece of equipment in a taxi that measures the distance travelled or the amount of time spent travelling, and shows how much you have to pay:

If no fare is agreed at the start of the trip, the maximum fare will be that shown on the meter.

MEASURES US for metre

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meterverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmiːtər/ us

to use a meter to measure how much gas, electricity, etc. has been used, or how much a taxi ride costs:

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)