meter-, metro-, metr-, -metrical, -metrically, -metron, -metric, -metrist, -meter, -meters, -metry, -metre

(Greek: measure)

An instrument for recording the number of steps taken when walking.
pedometer, paedometer (s) (noun); pedometers; paedometers (pl)
An instrument for measuring the weight and length of a child: Right after the birth of Celia's baby, the nurses used a pedometer to see how much her baby weighed and how tall she was.
pentameter (s), pentameters (pl) (nouns)
1. A line of poetry with five strong beats or a line of verse consisting of five units of rhythm; such as, five pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables.
2. English verse composed in iambic pentameter.

The third line of Thomas Nashe's "Spring" is in pentameter: "Cold doth / not sting, / the pret / ty birds / do sing."


SPRING, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing-
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay-
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet-
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
Spring, the sweet Spring!

—Thomas Nashe (1567–1601)

Iambic pentameter, in which each foot contains an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable, is the most common English poetic meter.

When a good actor recites lines from one of Shakespeare's plays, the audience is not constantly aware that he is speaking poetry written in iambic pentameter.

1. The border or outer boundary of a two-dimensional figure.
2. The length of such a boundary.
3. A line bounding or marking off an area.
4. The outermost limits.
5. Military: A fortified boundary that protects a troop position.
6. Ophthalmology: An instrument for determining the peripheral field of vision.
perimetrical, perimetrically
Of or pertaining to the perimeter, or to perimetry; as, a perimetrical chart of the eye.
Instrument used to measure the strength of voluntary muscle contractions of the perineum.
petameter (Pm)
1. One light-year (distance light travels in one year) is equal to 9.5 Pm (petameters).
2. Dinosaurs are estimated to have vanished two Ps (petaseconds) ago.
— Source: Chemistry and Molecular Biology Resources,
UC Extension, Berkeley/San Francisco
An apparatus for measuring the force exerted in chewing food.
A phagodynamometer in operaton.
A study is being made with a phagodynamometer to determine the physical force used while chewing food.
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phenometry, phenometric
The quantitative measurement of plant growth, mass, and leaf area.
A measurement of pressure gradients between venous segments, either at rest or after exercise.
1. A manometer (device that measures pressure) for measuring venous blood pressure.
2. A device for the direct measurement of venous pressure.
The measurement of venous pressure.
1. An instrument for measuring the pitch and intensity of sounds.
2. An instrument for measuring or automatically recording the number or force of sound-waves; phonometrics.
A method of investigating language by the statistical analysis of instrumentally measured speech sounds and informants responses to the same data.
A device consisting essentially of a stop watch, for estimating the distance of firearms in action by measuring the interval between the flash and the arrival of the sound waves from the discharges of the weapons.

Related "measure" and "metric" words and charts: mens-; Metric Chart of Units; Metric-Length Converter; Metric Units and Links.