metric

noun
met·​ric | \ˈme-trik \

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 \-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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

Much like when tracking outdoor runs and walks, tracking a hike will produce an elevation change metric and a map of your route when finished. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 2018 And with so many cities requiring data and metrics from dockless companies as part of their agreements to operate, this is an encouraging, if preliminary, sign that having e-bikes and scooters around could be reducing our reliance on cars. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Scooters and e-bikes begin to replace car trips," 24 July 2018 The plan calls for property owners to step up commitments to traffic management programs, adding more detailed traffic and parking metrics and encouraging alternative transportation with actions such as adding bike racks in front of buildings. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County wants plans for limiting Columbia traffic as development continues," 12 July 2018 Reports of its bankruptcy have come with an equal dose of financial metrics and nostalgia over its giraffes-and-Hasbro-goods-stuffed halls. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Tuesday, July 10," 10 July 2018 The veteran pop band rules this week's downloads and radio airplay metrics and blasts into the top 10 powered mostly by points from these two categories. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Morning Musume. '18 Debuts at No. 1, Southern All Stars Breaks Into Top 10 on Japan Hot 100," 21 June 2018 Whether that means a closer look at analytics or spending more time with a trainer, players are increasingly working on the minutia of the game with modern metrics and science at the forefront of improving their play. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "McIlroy, Thomas Discuss Evolution of Golf in the 21st Century," 20 June 2018 Several small marketers have sued Facebook, alleging in a recent complaint that the company misled advertisers about the accuracy of its video metrics for more than a year. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Brands Now Spend Nearly Two Thirds of Digital Advertising on Mobile, IAB Says," 13 Nov. 2018 For now, the closest thing Twitter has is its daily user growth metric. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Twitter is about to tell us if it lost millions of users. Does that really mean its plan is working?," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Almost all measurements in Toothache are metric, with no alternatives. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "A New Generation of Food Magazines Thinks Small, and in Ink," 27 Mar. 2018 Over the last 30 days, his subscriber count has also climbed by nearly 400,000, according to YouTube metric site SocialBlade. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Logan Paul’s redemption arc is proceeding exactly as planned," 29 Aug. 2018 The metric most often used to determine where a stock falls on the value-growth spectrum is its ratio of price to per-share book value. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "‘Value’ Stocks May Not Be the Bear-Market Cure, After All," 8 July 2018 According to the metric Defensive Runs Saved, Trout, with a mark of –6, ranked 11th out of 17 qualified centerfielders in 2017. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 According to the agency, Texas tied Alabama and Nebraska for third place nationally by this metric with Iowa (91 percent) and New Jersey (90 percent) leading the nation. W. Gardner Selby, San Antonio Express-News, "Governor’s claim that Texas ranks high in high school graduations is true," 17 Mar. 2018 Historically, employers used past accomplishments as the sole metric for compensation decisions, premised on the idea that the past is prologue. Rebecca Greenfield, latimes.com, "Your raise is now based on next year's performance," 9 July 2018 So why is the car the go-to metric for bike prices? Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "No, Cycling Isn't Elitist," 5 July 2018 Nielsen uses a different percentage metric, including only households with televisions. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Trump's speech ratings were even worse than you might have thought," 1 Feb. 2018

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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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adjective

English Language Learners Definition of metric

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

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ˈme-trik \

Kids Definition of metric

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

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ˈme-trik \

Medical Definition of metric 

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

Other Words from metric

metrically \-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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