-meter

See also: meter and Meter

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, measure).

SuffixEdit

-meter

  1. Used to form the names of measuring devices.

Usage notesEdit

  • Whereas the spelling of the unit of length varies between British (metre) and American (meter) English, the spelling of this suffix is -meter in both. -metre is a nonstandard alternative form found in British English.
  • Words with the suffix -meter always has a primary stress on the antepenultimate syllable: barometer, speedometer, tachometer, etc. Words derived from meter (or metre) with a prefix usually have a primary stress on the first syllable: centimeter, millimeter, etc.

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Last modified on 6 January 2014, at 22:15