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23:03 Aug 2, 2004
English to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Engineering (general) / Native speaker of British English
English term or phrase:Diameter or Diametre?
Hello. I know that in the UK the following spellings are used:
meter(US) > metre(UK)
However, what about "diameter?" Do native speakers of British English spell it as "diametre?"
I hope a Briton from the UK will answer my question... Thanks a lot in advance!
Explanation: "Diameter" is the only form used in British English, and indeed in amy form of English. I am a Brit born and bred and have never heard of, let alone used, "diametre".
Based on the base form "metre/meter" I would say that the two forms coexist in multiples or submultiples (ex. centimeter/centimetre) but not in other derived forms. In the same manner, "meter" only is used when referring to measuring instruments, e.g. a parking meter (not "parking metre")
Another example that follows this rule is "perimeter" (NOT "perimetre").