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1met·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

  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

met·ric

adjective \ˈme-trik\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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