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

Keep scrolling for more

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 In the 2018 opener, a loss to Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs, the Chargers posted their worst single-game mark in special-teams efficiency since ESPN created the metric, a span of 193 games. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Herbert’s clunker a surprise, but Chargers special teams a chronic issue," 15 Nov. 2020 Its 900-volt architecture handily beats out the current front-runner, the 700-volt system in the Porsche Taycan—an enhancement that Bach says will improve both battery discharge efficiency and the critical metric of charging speed. Eric Adams, Wired, "How the ‘Dead Zone’ Could Help This Car Take on Tesla," 13 Nov. 2020 The health equity metric hit its peak at 6.8% on Nov. 2, and remains high at 6.5%. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Charts show why S.F. is at opposite end of coronavirus tier system from L.A., San Diego," 12 Nov. 2020 SoftBank dropped the profit measure after its increasing focus on tech investments left the metric battered at times by paper revaluations. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "SoftBank's big bet on listed tech stocks cost it $1.3 billion," 9 Nov. 2020 In its statement, Pfizer said that its main endpoint—that is, the metric used to evaluate the vaccine’s efficacy—was looking at Covid-19 cases that occurred a week after a participant’s second dose. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "What does “90% effective” mean for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine?," 9 Nov. 2020 The metric is based on the average of scores assigned for the number of weekly cases per 100,000 and its seven-day positivity rate. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Winter season of indoor sports begins next week in Indiana. It won't be without risk," 29 Oct. 2020 In 2020, the same metric currently has Biden leading Trump 50.3 percent to 43.9 percent. John Mccormack, National Review, "Wisconsin’s Uptick in ‘Shy’ Voters Isn’t Great News for Trump or Biden," 29 Oct. 2020 The state measures the metric using the percentage of positive tests out of the total number of tests. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland reports 897 new coronavirus cases — highest daily case count since early August," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The union has received criticism from some parents for supporting the 3 percent metric. Juliana Kim, New York Times, "‘Remote Learning Is Not Working’: Shutdown Hurts Children, Parents Say," 19 Nov. 2020 Florida’s biggest issues have been tackling (108th in the Pro Football Focus metric) and third downs. Christopher Smith, al, "Arkansas vs. Florida betting line, picks, odds and predictions," 13 Nov. 2020 The Trump administration significantly reduced its estimate of the metric, bringing it down to about $6 per ton of carbon dioxide. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "How Biden Might Reverse Trump’s Attacks on Climate Research," 11 Nov. 2020 Amazon has disputed the report’s description of the injury rate metric without addressing the veracity of the underlying data. Spencer Soper, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon Injuries Risk State Backlash, Higher Workers’ Comp Costs," 23 Oct. 2020 The region’s climbing case rate isn’t the only metric suggesting the coronavirus is spreading widely. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County sounds alarm that COVID-19 case rate headed toward purple tier," 16 Oct. 2020 The bank had aimed to get to 13.5% this year, which would have brought the metric more in line with rivals, before lowering the target and then pulling it all together. David Benoit, WSJ, "Citigroup’s Profit Falls 34% as It Sets Aside More Money for Bad Loans," 13 Oct. 2020 Contra Costa, San Mateo, San Francisco and Sonoma counties fell short of meeting the metric last week. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "All nine Bay Area counties meet California’s health equity metric," 13 Oct. 2020 One more quick note for some general context on the test positivity metric. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Analysis bashing Wisconsin's COVID-19 calculations is mistaken," 30 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'metric.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about metric

Time Traveler for metric

Time Traveler

The first known use of metric was in 1760

See more words from the same year

Statistics for metric

Last Updated

29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Metric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metric. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on metric

What made you want to look up metric? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!