metric

noun
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio) \

Definition of metric

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 metrics plural : a part of prosody that deals with metrical (see metrical sense 1) structure the analytical study of metric— T. S. Eliot
2 : a standard of measurement no metric exists that can be applied directly to happinessScientific 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

metric

adjective

Definition of metric (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, or using the metric system a metric study
variants: or -metrical

Definition of -metric (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, employing, or obtained by (such) a meter galvanometric
2 : of or relating to (such) an art, process, or science of measuring geometrical

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Other Words from metric

Adjective

metrically \ ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metrically (audio) \ adverb

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The metric system was invented in France in the years following the French Revolution, and a version of it is now used in most of the world to measure distance, weight, and volume. Basic metric units include the kilogram (the basic unit of weight), the liter (the basic unit of volume), and of course the meter (the basic unit of length—see below). Metric—or more often metrical—can also refer to the basic underlying rhythm of songs and poetry. So while the scientists' measurements are usually metric, the poets' are usually metrical.

Examples of metric in a Sentence

Noun

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

Adjective

The metric unit of energy is the “joule.”

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

High-school ratings were also based on a fourth metric of college readiness. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Part 4: Nearly 50 Houston-area schools beat the odds and received top rankings in new report," 1 July 2019 The maximum distance that requires intervention is measured not in feet, but in the less precise metrics of your attention and the other person’s need. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: This stranger called me rude for not helping her," 13 June 2019 United States Accessible by road in the heart of Alaska’s rugged Kenai Fjords National Park, Exit Glacier acts as a realtime metric of glacial retreat. National Geographic, "Want to scale glaciers on your next trip? Here’s some expert advice," 11 Mar. 2019 Simon’s sales per square foot, a key metric for mall owners, increased 4.6 percent from a year earlier to $646. Sarah Mulholland, The Seattle Times, "In a U.S. mall owner’s world, ‘boring’ is actually pretty good," 7 Aug. 2018 Nimble handling is a high point, but the Legacy is surpassed in key metrics by the majority of its best competitors. Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru Legacy," 29 Mar. 2018 The payouts would likely be awarded in a mix of cash and stock based on performance metrics weighted heavily toward safety, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E plans nearly $11 million in executive bonuses," 20 June 2019 In that model, users who settle into long-term relationships would be a drag on key business metrics. Washington Post, "Tinder has more matchmaking power than your BFF. But dating apps aren’t necessarily your friends.," 19 June 2019 The focus on metrics extends beyond tracking in-house software-development efforts. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "CIOs Crack Open the ‘Black Box’ of Tech Productivity," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Kroger stock has continued a spring slide after the grocer missed a key sales metric goal in the first quarter. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Kroger guns for $9B in digital sales; annual meeting Thursday," 26 June 2019 Many of these early metric units were based on things in nature, explains Richard Davis, emeritus research physicist at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, the organization that regulates all things measurement-related. Robert Rathe, National Geographic, "The kilogram is forever changed. Here's why that matters.," 20 May 2019 According the Defensive Runs Saved metric, a statistic that measures the number of runs a player saved or cost his team on defense relative to an average player, Jones has cost his teams 47 runs over the past three seasons combined. Richard Morin, azcentral, "How analytics helped Diamondbacks' Adam Jones get quicker amid transition to right field," 17 June 2019 Our pre-1959 foot, 0.3048006096 meters in length and now known as a U.S. survey foot, still shows up on some older maps and other geospatial systems — but not Apollo 11’s guidance computer, which was calculated in metric. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Feet," 8 May 2019 The only metric van Buuren’s top video didn’t lead -- comments -- was instead ruled by the April 2018 chart’s No. 2 video, uploaded by Alicia Keys. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Armin van Buuren's Formula 1 Performance Leads Top Facebook Live Videos Chart," 16 May 2018 And Americans are always turned off by the use of metric units. Stewart Easterby, WSJ, "Climate Activists Are Lousy Salesmen," 25 Apr. 2018 Chipotle, which reported a 4% comparable-sales increase in 2018, expects the key sales metric to improve 4% to 6% this year. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Chipotle Profit Rises as Higher Prices, Restaurant Investments Drive Growth," 6 Feb. 2019 Available in both imperial and metric measurements, this level comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is priced at $59. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "This Magnetic Torpedo Level Stays Right Where You Put It," 14 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of metric

Noun

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metric

Noun

Greek metrikē, from feminine of metrikos in meter, by measure, from metron measure — more at measure

Adjective

French métrique, from mètre meter

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metrical signature

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The first known use of metric was in 1760

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metric

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of metric

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

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio) \

Kids Definition of metric

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

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio) \

Medical Definition of metric

: of, relating to, or using the metric system a metric study

Other Words from metric

metrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metrically (audio) \ adverb

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