metric

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noun

met·​ric ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio)
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metrics plural : a part of prosody that deals with metrical (see metrical sense 1) structure
the analytical study of metricT. S. Eliot
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: a standard of measurement
no metric exists that can be applied directly to happinessScientific 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

metric

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adjective

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

-metric

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adjective combining form

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

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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
With the dust now settling, our across-the-board analysis of Doctor Who’s ratings and critical reception paints a nuanced picture, one that is reflective of the difficulty of judging modern-day TV series’ performance when so many metrics are in play. Max Goldbart, Deadline, 17 July 2024 That rate has since lowered, according to the government’s latest data, which now uses a different metric to calculate youth unemployment. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 17 July 2024
Adjective
Using Basketball Reference’s win shares metric to approximate player value, the average No. 3 overall pick has had a better career than the average No. 2 overall pick. Lev Akabas, Sportico.com, 27 June 2024 On this metric, rural areas saw dramatically worsening trends compared with urban populations. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for metric 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

metric "metrical art, prosody" (in part borrowed from Late Latin metrica —short for ars metrica "metrical art"— from feminine of Latin metricus "metrical, rhythmic," borrowed from Greek metrikós; in part borrowed from Greek metrikḗ —short for metrikḕ téchnē "metrical craft"— or metriká, from, respectively, feminine singular and neuter plural of metrikós "by measurement, metrical") + -ics; (senses 2-3) probably noun derivative of metric "of measurement," earliest in mathematical use, probably after German Metrik — more at metrical

Adjective

borrowed from French métrique, from mètre meter entry 3 + -ique -ic entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metric was in 1760

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“Metric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metric. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

metric

adjective
met·​ric
ˈme-trik
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: of, relating to, or based on the metric system
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Medical Definition

metric

adjective
met·​ric ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio)
: of, relating to, or using the metric system
a metric study
metrically adverb

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