Metre or meter

METRE or METER. This word is derived from the Greek, and signifies a measure.
     2. This is the standard of French measure.
     3. The fundamental base of the metre is the quarter of the terrestrial meridian, or the distance from the pole to equator, which has been divided into ten millions of equal parts, one of which is of the length of the metre. The metre is equal to 3.28 feet, or 39.371 inches. Vide Measure.