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Costs or other consequences are accumulating, as in We'd better come to a decision soon, for the meter is running. This metaphoric expression alludes to the fare mounting up on a taxi meter. [Late 1900s]
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The FlexNet system's two-way features include demand reads, kWh and actual voltage, and programmable read interval, low-voltage and breaker re-closure warnings, power fail alarm, and meter functions that are accessible from the Internet.
NR Meter--A meter that is not registering and giving actual reads.
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A meter that isn't registering is subject to incorrect estimating.
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Regina Jacobs, the American 5,000-meter record holder and seven-time national 1,500-meter champion, stepped down to the 800 meters to win in 2:07.
Edison International (NYSE:EIX) subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) this week issued requests for proposals (RFPs) to supply the advanced, two-way meter communications system the utility intends to install at approximately five million homes and businesses.