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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Measuring device: anemometer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Used to form the names of measuring devices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix denoting that by which anything is measured.

Etymologies

French -mètre, from Greek metron, measure; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Should it be Wilhelm Bruhn, the German inventor of the taxameter, a device that measured (the -meter part of the compound) distance or time, and calculated thereon a charge (taxa-)?

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