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noun met·ric \ˈme-trik\

Definition of METRIC

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plural :  a part of prosody that deals with metrical structure
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:  a standard of measurement <no metric exists that can be applied directly to happiness — Scientific Monthly>
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:  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
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Examples of METRIC

  1. <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 measure
First Known Use: 1760

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

2metric

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>
met·ri·cal·ly \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of METRIC

  1. The metric unit of energy is the joule.

Origin of METRIC

French métrique, from mètre meter
First Known Use: 1864

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain
METRICS Defined for Kids

metric

adjective met·ric \ˈme-trik\

Definition of METRIC for Kids

:  of, relating to, or based on the metric system <metric measurements>

Word Root of METRIC

The Greek word metron, meaning measure, gives us the root metr. Words from the Greek metron have something to do with measuring. A thermometer is an instrument that measures temperature. A diameter is the measurement across the center of a circle. The metric system is a system used for measuring size, weight, and volume. A perimeter is the measurement of the outside of a figure or shape.
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adjective met·ric \ˈme-trik\

Medical Definition of METRIC

:  of, relating to, or using the metric system <a metric study>
met·ri·cal·ly \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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