I. meter me‧ter 1 [ˈmiːtə ǁ -ər] noun [countable]
1. a machine that measures and shows the amount of something you have used or the amount of money that you must pay:

• A 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.

ˈpeople ˌmeter
MARKETING a small electronic machine used for measuring the number and type of people that watch a particular television programme, usually to collect information for advertisers
2. the American spelling of metre
  [m0] II. meter meter 2 verb [transitive]
to measure the supply of gas, electricity etc being provided, using a meter:

• The San Jose Water Co. meters the water use of the entire county.

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meter UK US /ˈmiːtər/ noun [C]
a piece of equipment that measures the amount of something that has been used: »

electricity/gas/water meter


parking meter

read a/the meter »

Your meter will be read regularly in order to avoid sending you estimated bills.

TRANSPORT the piece of equipment in a taxi that measures the distance travelled or the amount of time spent travelling, and shows how much you have to pay: »

If no fare is agreed at the start of the trip, the maximum fare will be that shown on the meter.

MEASURES US for METRE(Cf. ↑metre)
See also PEOPLE METER(Cf. ↑people meter)
meter UK US /ˈmiːtər/ verb [T]
to use a meter to measure how much gas, electricity, etc. has been used, or how much a taxi ride costs: »

The water supply to most new homes is metered.


You should agree on a price with the driver or ask for the trip to be metered.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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