a word element used in names of instruments for measuring quantity, extent, degree, etc., as in altimeter, barometer.

{New Latin -metrum, from Greek (see metre1). Compare meter1}
(in words taken from Greek or Latin) a word element denoting a certain poetic measure or rhythmic pattern, depending on the number of feet constituting the verse, as in pentameter, trimeter.

{See metre2}


Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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