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Definitions of metre

  1. the basic unit of length adopted under the System International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. a poem. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A measure of length, equal to 39.37 English inches, the standard of linear measure in the metric system of weights and measures. It was intended to be, and is very nearly, the ten millionth part of the distance from the equator to the north pole, as ascertained by actual measurement of an arc of a meridian. See Metric system, under Metric. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A regular arrangement of syllables in verse; rhythm; poetical measure; unit of length in the metric system equivalent to 39.37 inches. Also, meter. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Poetical measure or arrangement of syllables: rhythm: verse: a French measure of length equal to nearly 39 1/2 inches. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Poetical arrangement of syllables; verse; French measure of 39.37 inches. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Rhythmical arrangement of syllables, as in poetry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. An instrument for measuring fluids, gases, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. The fundamental unit of length in the metric system; 39.37 inches. See METRIC SYSTEM. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A rhythmic arrangement of syllables in verse; a French measure of length, being the unit of the metrical system of France, and fixed at the ten-millionth part of the quadrant of the meridian and equal to 3937 English inches. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A French measure of length equal to 39.371 inches English. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for metre

  1. One who has little sense of metre should try to read this poem in some different foot. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  2. Thus they returned along the lurid circle On either hand unto the opposite point, Shouting their shameful metre evermore. – Divine-Comedy-Longfellow-s-Translation-Complete by Dante Alighieri
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