American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The rhythm or measure in verse and musical composition.
- v. poetry, music To put into metrical form.
- n. The basic unit of length in the International System of Units (SI: Système International d'Unités). It is equal to 39+47⁄127 (approximately 39.37) imperial inches.
- v. UK, rare alternative spelling of meter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See meter.
- n. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
- n. rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
- n. the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
- From French mètre, from Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure", "rule", "length", "size", "poetic metre") (Wiktionary)
“In poetry we recognise at once how the obvious periodic recurrence of certain accented syllables, which we term metre, plays an important part ...”
“Note the difference between (a) descriptions and examples of dipodic metre as a particular kind of metre – one that goes with, or can also be scanned as, long and rapid iambics – and (b) claims that English or English-language verse or metre is always “really” dipodic (rather than being always “really” iambic, as Frost thought, or always “really” nothing in particular, with metrical bases that may vary completely among possible groupings of poems).”
“I think that last couplet's daring use of metre is the high point of the poem, but you can find the concluding four lines at McGonagall Online.”
“A square metre is capable of holding an average family car off the ground.”
“But the following lines of the fragment evince, that the metre is Munsarih; hence, a clerical error must lurk somewhere in the second foot.”
“So far Arabic metre is true to Nature: in impassioned speech the movement of language is iambic: we say “I will, I will,” not”
“The metre is a species of the Basít which, however, admits of considerable poetical license; this being according to Lane the usual “Weight,””
“Fun fact about the word metre: that spelling is used only for units of measurement.”
“The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose metre is one's biography, joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island.”
“Cereatly after myn entent,  and he ends by declaring that in spite of the impossibility of giving an exact rendering of the French in English metre, he has kept very closely to the original.”
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