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

Many analysts point to metrics that show businesses have a rosier economic outlook. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Business-Loan Drought Ends for Banks," 8 July 2018 Dietrich has only been charged with one error this season, but has been a below-average defender according to other advanced metrics. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Miami Marlins 3," 27 June 2018 Many more tips flowed in from social media, where police officials’ posts have been viewed and shared more than 100,000 times on Twitter and Instagram, according to police metrics. New York Times, "‘Disgusted’ by Video of Fatal Stabbing of Teen, Callers Flood Police Tip Line," 24 June 2018 That includes wildlife and fish counts, temperature, water levels and other metrics. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Curious about Nome, Wiseman and Fort Yukon? Here are your guides," 16 June 2018 In lieu of a school council, Discovery has an Eco-Action club whose members do annual audits of the school’s energy use, trash, food waste, water consumption, and other metrics. Chris Berdik, WIRED, "Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning," 6 June 2018 Similar differences in phone use appear in all the other metrics SureCall evaluated. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Said It's Going to Help Us With Our Phone Addiction. This Study Indicates That's Probably a Good Thing," 6 June 2018 Arrests for assault/battery/fighting, public urination and disorderly conduct plummeted between 2014 and 2015, and have remained lower through 2017, according to downtown metrics from the Naperville Police Department. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Strict liquor rules, responsible business owners helping keep bar-related crime down in Naperville, officials say," 11 May 2018 The paper has been cited 20 times and mentioned in nearly a thousand tweets, according to Scientific Reports metrics. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Journal retracts paper claiming neurological damage from HPV vaccine," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Teammate Whit Merrifield, according to Statcast's Sprint Speed metric, was second on the active roster, capable of covering 29.0 feet per second. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "The Royals' fastest player? Even he is surprised by the answer," 31 May 2018 The average cost-per-enplanement (a standard industry metric that basically means cost-per-passenger) is $1.23. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 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 \

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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