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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Measurement, Daily life
meterme‧ter1 /ˈmiːtə $ -ər/ ●○○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 TMDa machine that measures and shows the amount of something you have used or the amount of money that you must paywater/gas/electricity meter 🔊 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 somethingsound-level/light etc meter3 (also parking meter) a machine which you put money into when you park your car next to it4 the American spelling of metre
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meterHeating is normally charged separately, often by coin meter.Their invention was an electricity meter controlled by signals from the power company.a gas meterThe four Brent and two Ninian meters measure the incoming oil from offshore.Each time Joe Consumer retrieves a file from a commercial server, the payment meter is ticking.the taxi meterThe City has installed 300 of the meters in West Portal to test their reliability.Token meters are also available from most gas regions.read ... meterRead meters and dials of various types.Is Big Brother reading your meter?Electricity: read meter on arrival and departure - cost is ten pence per unit to cover standing charge as well as unit cost.Gas: First, read the meter.Manville glanced over the driver's shoulder, reading the meter.Electricity, gas and water companies have sought many years for a way to read meters without visiting the customer's premises.The utilities also have announced they will read meters every other month and use an estimate between readings.sound-level/light etc meterA light meter can be used to assess the level of lighting present.A sound-level meter could be a substitute for the friend.For me, it is the accuracy of the Nikon light meter that really sets it apart.A Weston light meter in a leather case dangled from his neck like an amulet.
Related topics: Measurement, Power
metermeter2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 TMTPto measure how much of something is used, and how much you must pay for it, by using a meter 🔊 All our water is metered now.
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meterThe gas is metered and they send you a bill every three months.Water use is metered in most Sacramento homes.They've introduced a system of metering the amount of water used in a household.
Related topics: Measurement
-meter-meter /miːtə, mɪtə $ -tər/ suffix [in nouns] 🔊 TMan instrument for measuring something 🔊 a thermometer (=an instrument for measuring heat)
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-metera kilometera millimeteran altimeter
From Longman Business Dictionarymeterme‧ter1 /ˈmiːtə-ər/ noun [countable]1a machine that measures and shows the amount of something you have used or the amount of money that you must payA new gas meter had to be installed before the building permit would be granted.The revenue from parking meters in the town fell 40% in the last fiscal year. people meter2the American spelling of METREmetermeter2 verb [transitive] to measure the supply of gas, electricity etc being provided, using a meterThe San Jose Water Co. meters the water use of the entire county.→ See Verb table
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Verb table
meter
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theymeter
he, she, itmeters
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theymetered
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave metered
he, she, ithas metered
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad metered
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill meter
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have metered
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam metering
he, she, itis metering
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you, we, theyare metering
Past
I, he, she, itwas metering
you, we, theywere metering
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been metering
he, she, ithas been metering
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been metering
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be metering
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been metering
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