meter for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (miːtəʳ)
Word forms: meters, metering, metered
1. countable noun
A meter is a device that measures and records something such as the amount of gas or electricity that you have used. ⇒ He was there to read the electricity meter. ⇒ They have the right to come in and inspect the meter.
To meter something such as gas or electricity means to use a meter to measure how much of it people use, usually in order to calculate how much they have to pay. [V n] ⇒ Only a third of these households thought it reasonable to meter water. [V-ed] ⇒ Metered taxis are relatively inexpensive.
meter in Electrical EngineeringPowered by COBUILD (mitər) or m
Word forms: (regular plural) meters
(Electrical engineering: Instrumentation, measuring, and testing, Instrument) A meter is a metric unit of length equal to 100 centimeters. ⇒ Though the standard covers only transmissions over distances up to 15 meters, it is often possible to ensure correct transmission over greater distances using high-quality shielded cable. ⇒ To power a modern home on a good site, the blades of a wind turbine would need to span about 5 meters from tip to tip. ⇒ A meter is a metric unit of length equal to 100 centimeters.