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

Did You Know?

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

Still, Trump continues to blame the Fed for not doing more sooner to goose an economy that, according to most metrics, was not in need of additional goosing. Jeanna Smialek, BostonGlobe.com, "US economic expansion is about to set a record, but Trump says Fed ‘Blew It’," 24 June 2019 Although still the leader in the excitement metric, Biden dropped from 59 percent to 51 percent, while Sanders pretty much maintained his March excitement rating of 42 percent. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, "Paleologos on the Poll: Where is voter excitement as the debates speed towards us?," 19 June 2019 In another metric, Dunn, a lefty who throws a changeup and curveball to go with a fastball that topped out at 85 mph in the playoffs, punched out more than 16 hitters per seven innings pitched. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "Two-way star Dunn takes home Howard County baseball Player of the Year," 17 June 2019 In 2008, the Cleveland Clinic began its wellness program that allowed employees who meet their targets in all six health metrics to reduce their premiums by $1,000 or more. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Local companies see benefits of wellness programs: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019 Goldman Sachs said that a reversal in the oil demand metrics will be required to prevent US oil prices from sinking below the $50-$60 range. Matt Egan, CNN, "America's oil boom will break more records this year. OPEC is stuck in retreat," 10 June 2019 Here’s where Gonzaga stands in some other key metrics: Kevin Pauga Index (KPI), No. 9; Ken Pomeroy, No. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga moves up to 2nd in AP poll, behind Duke," 18 Feb. 2019 Nearby Cincinnati ranked 48th overall and 92nd in the safety metric. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "It's not just you: Indianapolis ranks low on list of driver safety, infrastructure in US cities," 11 July 2018 On Monday, Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal said in a tweet that most of the accounts were not active in the previous thirty days, and thus would not be counted in the MAU metric. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Twitter’s stock takes a hit after report of fake account purge," 9 July 2018

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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21 Jul 2019

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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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