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

Related stories from Miami Herald Marlins snap their longest skid ever against the Nationals with a hitting barrage Realmuto leads all NL catchers in offensive wins above replacement (3.2 wins), a metric used to measure a player’s value to a team. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Preparing to become a father, Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto receives well-earned All-Star nod," 8 July 2018 The new metric is best suited for the stringent 1.5-degree target, the researchers note. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "World Has Only 20 Years to Meet Ambitious 1.5-Degree C Warming Threshold," 19 June 2018 Eligibility, retention and grades are all part of the metric used to determine each team's score. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan nets 19 perfect Academic Progress Rate scores," 23 May 2018 In a roundup of the best and worst states to retire to in the U.S., Bankrate analyzed a variety of metrics, including cost of living, crime, culture, health care quality, and weather. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Best (and Worst) States to Retire," 12 July 2018 The report said a wider range of metrics should be used to measure an ally’s contributions to collective defense. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future," 10 July 2018 However, Bochy acknowledges that extending some leeway to those kind of players is more difficult at a time when many front-office decisions are based on metrics, rather than the eye test. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "El Mago: Javier Baez's flair is just what baseball needs," 12 July 2018 Bone up on the shifting sands in global commerce with these key metrics, as chosen by raw-material dealers and strategists. Fortune, "Charting the Trade-War Fallout Through Commodities," 12 July 2018 Other metrics, like the number of employers in the past year, are also either stable, or show a trend toward stasis. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 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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metrical signature

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the metric system

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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

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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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