parking meter

noun
a mechanical device for registering and collecting payment for the length of time that a vehicle occupies a parking space, consisting typically of a timer, actuated by a coin that a driver deposits upon parking, set in a headpiece mounted on a pole.

Origin:
1930–35

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parking meter
 
n
a timing device, usually coin-operated, that indicates how long a vehicle may be left parked

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