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The basic measured rhythmic structure of words in poetry. Meter can be defined by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line. Repetition of one or more feet in a line of poetry creates a meter. The definitive pattern established for a verse (such as iambic pentameter).

Types of Meter in Poetry

MonometerOne foot 
Dimeter = Two foot 
Trimeter = Three foot 
Tetrameter = Four foot 
Pentameter = Five foot 
Hexameter = Six foot 
Heptameter = Seven foot 
Octameter = Eight foot 

[n] any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
[n] rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time
[n] (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
[n] the basic unit of length adopted under the System International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
[v] measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water"
[v] stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail"

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