metre

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

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

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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 2[edit]

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

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metre (plural metres) (UK, Canada)

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

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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 1[edit]

From French mètre.

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metre m (plural metres)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

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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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mittere, present active infinitive of mittō.

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metre

  1. to put, to place

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metre

Etymology[edit]

From French mètre.

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metre

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