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meter

noun  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.
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