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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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 Bus service, which is targeted for significant cuts in January due to revenue losses during the coronavirus pandemic, got worse for riders by at least one key metric. Colin Campbell, Washington Post, "Five years later, many across Baltimore bitterly lament Gov. Hogan’s decision to kill the Red Line light rail," 12 Sep. 2020 The number of deaths is lower, though, as the 21-day average for that metric is 21. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Ohio reports 1,341 new coronavirus cases, 8 more deaths: Saturday update," 5 Sep. 2020 The county’s daily report contained two different values — 105.4 and 101.6 — for the important metric, and county communications personnel were unavailable to clarify which was the correct number. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "COVID-19 numbers looking positive in San Diego County," 10 Aug. 2020 Nevertheless, in much of the country policymakers and school districts have seized on this single metric of six feet as if it were handed to Moses on a stone tablet. David Zweig, Wired, "Hybrid Schooling Is the Most Dangerous Option of All," 6 Aug. 2020 Salt Lake County, which has the largest number of county employees of all 29 counties, had the highest percentage of women based on this metric than others. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Women’s leadership in Utah’s county governments varies widely," 2 Sep. 2020 This metric has also been declining since late July. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Memorial island, wildlife upside, theater troubles: News from around our 50 states," 1 Sep. 2020 Farms with more than 2,000 cattle are more likely for their sales to exceed their total costs, while smaller farms are more likely to operate at a loss by this metric, according to government figures. Calvin Woodward, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Is Trump's America great again or hellscape?," 30 Aug. 2020 Federal funding allocations to states for these programs are determined by a metric called the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, which is calculated annually based on decennial census data and other factors. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "What Rep. Andy Levin's deleted tweet got wrong," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The metric fluctuated greatly that month as the state identified and began to work through 800,000 backlogged test results — some dating as far back as March — that state officials had initially missed. Cayla Harris, ExpressNews.com, "Updated COVID metric shows Texas outbreak on the decline since mid-July," 15 Sep. 2020 Public health officials follow this metric closely because if a high percentage of positive tests means not enough testing is being done. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Coronavirus Q&A: masks, math, and the latest on a vaccine," 14 Sep. 2020 The metric remains around the lowest it's been since hospitals began reporting the data in early April. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports 461 new COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths as hospitalizations continue general declines," 11 Sep. 2020 Almost regardless of metric, Katrina stands as the most devastating Atlantic storm to ever hit the US. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "NASA versus Katrina: August 29, 2005," 7 Sep. 2020 The metric represents how many people on average contract COVID-19 from one person with the virus. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair community members discuss returning to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic at virtual town hall," 3 Sep. 2020 While there may be deficiencies in how PER defense is calculated, this metric still features performances from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis, who have each helped lead their teams to the top spot in their respective conferences. Edward Egros, Dallas News, "What the numbers say is the biggest position of need for the Dallas Mavericks this offseason," 2 Sep. 2020 In a vehicle with an automatic, the transmission downshifts (and the times are much quicker), so this metric represents a combination of transmission and engine responsiveness. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Everything You Need to Know about Our Comprehensive Car Testing," 21 Aug. 2020 The song also debuts at No. 29 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart and No. 43 on the all-genre, multi-metric Billboard Hot 100. Jim Asker, Billboard, "TikTok Sparks Priscilla Block's Billboard Chart Debut: 'This Is by Far the Biggest Moment of My Life'," 11 Aug. 2020

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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

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; (sense 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

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The first known use of metric was in 1760

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Metric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metric. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for metric

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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