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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Sense: 1-3
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: -METER

meter

1 noun
     
meā€§ter1 [countable]
1TMD a machine that measures and shows the amount of something you have used or the amount of money that you must pay
A man came to read the electricity meter.
The taxi driver left the meter running while I ran in to pick up my bags.
2 a machine that measures the level of something
3 also parking meter a machine which you put money into when you park your car next to it
4 the American spelling of metre
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