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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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

Positive results for the metrics correlated with high customer satisfaction and helped determine the ranking of listings a search presented to the customer. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "WSJ: Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent," 16 Sep. 2019 Yet the changes have been decried by some of the very users they were meant to aid, who view the metrics as an essential part of their experience. Wired, "Would the Internet Be Healthier Without 'Like' Counts?," 12 Sep. 2019 Some Vision Fund employees were surprised when instead of convincing Fisher not to invest in WeWork, the unfavorable metrics seemed to encourage him, leaving him convinced that tremendous growth lay ahead for the fledgling company. Sarah Mcbride, Fortune, "The Plunging Valuation of WeWork’s IPO Is Causing Major Stress for Its Biggest Investor," 6 Sep. 2019 Apple got data on how those apps were used and for how long — the most valuable metric, Shoemaker said. Reed Albergotti, oregonlive, "How Apple uses its App Store to copy the best ideas," 6 Sep. 2019 Some Vision Fund employees were surprised when instead of persuading Fisher not to invest in WeWork, the unfavorable metrics seemed to encourage him, leaving him convinced that tremendous growth lay ahead for the fledgling company. Los Angeles Times, "WeWork IPO turns contentious at SoftBank’s Vision Fund," 6 Sep. 2019 Apple got data on how those apps were used and for how long — the most valuable metric, Shoemaker said. Washington Post, "How Apple uses its App Store to copy the best ideas," 4 Sep. 2019 For all the new defensive metrics that exist, sometimes a great defensive player can be boiled down to pure superior instincts, athleticism and maybe a little luck. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Behind the rhythm of ‘DJ Matt Chapman’: A third base revolution for our eyes, ears," 3 Sep. 2019 Finally, companies need to think about all the metrics associated with performance other than pay—for example other reward or incentive schemes, appraisals, and goal-setting—to make sure people on reduced hours aren’t being marginalized. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "The three-stage blueprint for “crafting” a flexible career," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hollywood's Bleeding'," 15 Sep. 2019 At the end of the season, Currier's metric estimated that the Coyotes lost out on 25.8 points. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Oliver Ekman-Larsson's cryptic injury is latest in string of bad luck for Coyotes," 12 Sep. 2019 The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hollywood's Bleeding'," 15 Sep. 2019 This helps the Turbo S from a standstill to 60mph in a face-melting 2.6 seconds, then to the metric 100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 100mph in 6.3 seconds, 124mph in 9.8 seconds, and the standing quarter in 10.8 seconds. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Everything you wanted to know about Porsche’s new electric car," 4 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to apply a single number or metric and apply it in a sure-fire way; there are and will be times where a 60-degree dew point will produce tranquil weather in the afternoon. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "When you see this number, it probably means storms are on the way," 3 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the president’s most favored metric, the stock market, had already risen 236% from its March 2009 low. Barry Ritholtz, Twin Cities, "Barry Ritholtz: The #TrumpRecession label is going to stick," 20 Aug. 2019 The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Slipknot Ties Up Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'We Are Not Your Kind'," 18 Aug. 2019 By his own personal metric, the midterm victory was only close to complete because his Senate candidates lost in Montana and West Virginia. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump Ridicules Republicans," 28 Nov. 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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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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