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

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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

This sociological metric helps researchers understand how society is progressing or regressing in specific areas. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 Founded in 2012, Peloton specializes in high-tech stationary bikes and software that tracks performance metrics and lets users participate in live and on-demand fitness group classes. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Another upscale fitness brand is coming to Charlotte," 20 June 2018 This utter unattainability stems from the fact that most health standards and diagnoses are based on faulty metrics of what a body should look like or be. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "The Wellness Industry Isn't Making You Well," 1 Jan. 2019 In fact, all three metrics—the total number, rate, and ratio of abortions (the amount of abortions there are compared to live births)—reached historic lows for the study period (2006-2015). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Birth Control Helped Us Reach Historically Low Abortion Rates, But the Trump Administration Could Change That," 30 Nov. 2018 Under the new formula, which would take full effect within three years, 60 percent of funding is based on the traditional metric of enrollment. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "A 'rebellion' mounts among community college professors as California pushes for change," 12 June 2018 In a hybrid of economics and brain science, ACE scores also amount to a new metric of social distress. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn's promised jobs boom could miss neighboring city Racine," 6 Apr. 2018 The Mountain West ranked ninth nationally this season in the computer metric of RPI, and the WCC was 13th. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "WCC makes basketball scheduling changes, hoping to keep Gonzaga," 26 Mar. 2018 Sign-up Starting this season for men’s basketball, teams are ranked daily with a new metric called the NCAA Evaluation Tool, or NET. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "College Basketball Says Goodbye to the RPI, Hello NET," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 When the watch transitions to speedometer mode, the second hand suddenly describes the current speed in metric or imperial, the minute hand shows distance traveled, and the date dial shows the average speed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Bike Speedometer Is Also a Smartwatch," 30 Nov. 2016 If there were a metric for how utterly and hopelessly over a game felt after just 14 minutes, Alabama would have surely set a record there, too. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Alabama Beats Oklahoma, Will Face Clemson for College Football National Title," 30 Dec. 2018 As late as this year, many shows only had their download numbers to go off of, and even now, that’s the main metric advertisers ask for when considering ad placement. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Gaming the Apple Podcast charts is cheaper and easier than you think," 29 Nov. 2018 Beyond soil removal, steam rate is a great metric to look at for steam mops. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How We Tested Steam Mops," 23 May 2012 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

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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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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

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