metre

See also: mètre, métré, -metre, and -mètre

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Etymology 1Edit

From French mètre, from Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, measure", "rule", "length", "size", "poetic metre)

NounEdit

metre (plural metres)

  1. The basic unit of length in the International System of Units (SI: Système International d'Unités). It is equal to 39+47127 (approximately 39.37) imperial inches.
    • 1797, The Monthly magazine and British register, No. 3
      The measures of length above the metre are ten times ... greater than the metre.
    • 1873, The Young Englishwoman, April
      A dress length of 8 metres of the best quality costs 58 francs.
    • 1928, The Observer, April 15
      The 12-metre yachts ... can be sailed efficiently with four paid hands.
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metre (third-person singular simple present metres, present participle metring, simple past and past participle metred)

  1. (UK, rare) Alternative spelling of meter.
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The standard spelling of the verb meaning to measure is meter throughout the English-speaking world. The use of the spelling metre for this sense (outside music and poetry) is possibly mis-spelling.

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English, from Latin metrum, from Ancient Greek See #Etymology 1

NounEdit

metre (plural metres) (UK, Canada)

  1. The rhythm or measure in verse and musical composition.

VerbEdit

metre (third-person singular simple present metres, present participle metring, simple past and past participle metred)

  1. (poetry, music) To put into metrical form.
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Etymology 1Edit

From French mètre.

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metre m (plural metres)

  1. metre, meter (unit of measure, 100 cm)

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin mittere, present active infinitive of mittō.

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metre (first-person singular present meto, past participle mes)

  1. to put, to place
  2. to set
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EtymologyEdit

Latin mittō.

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metre

  1. to put, to place

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TurkishEdit

metre

EtymologyEdit

From French mètre.

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metre

  1. metre, meter (unit of measure, 100 cm)
  2. rule, folding rule
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