# metric

^{1}met·ric

*noun*\ˈme-trik\

## Definition of *METRIC*

1

*plural*

**:**a part of prosody that deals with metrical structure

2

**:**a standard of measurement <no

*metric*exists that can be applied directly to happiness —

*Scientific Monthly*>

3

**:**a mathematical function that associates a real nonnegative number analogous to distance with each pair of elements in a set such that the number is zero only if the two elements are identical, the number is the same regardless of the order in which the two elements are taken, and the number associated with one pair of elements plus that associated with one member of the pair and a third element is equal to or greater than the number associated with the other member of the pair and the third element

## Examples of *METRIC*

- <according to the usual
*metrics*by which we judge fiction, this novel is an utter failure>

## Origin of *METRIC*

Greek

*metrikē,*from feminine of*metrikos*in meter, by measure, from*metron*measure — more at measureFirst Known Use: 1760

## Related to *METRIC*

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

^{2}metric

*adjective*

: of, relating to, or based on the metric system

## Full Definition of *METRIC*

**:**of, relating to, or using the metric system <a

*metric*study>

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**met·ri·cal·ly**\-tri-k(ə-)lē\*adverb*## Examples of *METRIC*

- The
*metric*unit of energy is the “joule.”

## Origin of *METRIC*

French

*métrique,*from*mètre*meterFirst Known Use: 1864

## met·ric

*adjective*\ˈme-trik\

*(Medical Dictionary)*

## Medical Definition of *METRIC *

**:**of, relating to, or using the metric system <a

*metric*study>

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**met·ri·cal·ly**\-tri-k(ə-)lē\*adverb*## Learn More About *METRIC *

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