What is metre?

  • (noun): (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse.
    Synonyms: meter, measure, beat, cadence
    See also — Additional definitions below


The metre (meter in American English), symbol m, is the fundamental unit of length in the International System of Units (SI). Originally intended to be one ten-millionth of the distance from the Earth′s equator to the North Pole (at sea level), its definition has been periodically refined to reflect growing knowledge of metrology. Since 1983, it has been defined as "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second."

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Metre - Equivalents in Other Units
... expressed in non-SI units Non-SI unit expressed in metric units 1 metre ≈ 1.0936 yards 1 yard ≡ 0.9144 metres 1 metre ≈ 39.370 inches 1 inch ≡ 0.0254 metres 1 centimetre ≈ 0.39370 ... equal to" "≡" means "equal by definition" or "is exactly equal to." One metre is exactly equivalent to 10,000⁄254 inches and to 10,000⁄9,144 yards ... aid exists to assist with conversion, as three "3" 1 metre is nearly equivalent to 3 feet–3 3⁄8 inches ...
Fritz Zulauf
... In 1920 he won a bronze medal in the 30 metre military pistol event and a second bronze medal as member of the Swiss team in the team 30 metre military pistol competition ... He was also part of the Swiss team which finished ninth in the team 50 metre free pistol competition ...
Fritz Kuchen
... In 1920 he won a bronze medal in the 300 metre military rifle, prone event as well as two bronze medals as member of the Swiss team in the team free rifle ... Olympics he also participated in the following events Team 300 metre military rifle, prone - fourth place Team 600 metre military rifle, prone - sixth place Team 300 metre military rifle, standing ...
Bretagne Class Battleship - Design - Fire Control
... The Bretagnes were provided with 4.57-metre (15.0 ft) Barr and Stroud rangefinders ... Each turret had 2-metre (6 ft 7 in) rangefinder under an armoured hood at the rear of the turret ... The rangefinder on the forward superfiring turret was replaced by a 8.2-metre (27 ft) instrument ...
Nino Salukvadze
... Union at the 1988 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the women's 25-metre sporting pistol competition and silver in the women's 10-metre air pistol competition ... she added to her tally with a bronze medal, also in the 10-metre air pistol event ...

More definitions of "metre":

  • (noun): The basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards).
    Synonyms: meter, m
  • (noun): Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time.
    Synonyms: meter, time