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Definition of metric system

: a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and on the kilogram
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This date is meant to celebrate the International System of Units, otherwise known as the metric system. James Panero, WSJ, "Be a Leader, Not a Liter," 19 May 2019 Le Grand K was created (along with the rest of the metric system) during the French Revolution when scientists and revolutionaries were united in their desire to remake the world. James Vincent, The Verge, "How and why we redefined the kilogram," 18 Dec. 2018 When the definition changes, the General Conference on Weights an Measures will complete the original dream of the metric system, which was embraced amid the French Revolution. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 America remains an outlier holding on to the old imperial, or U.S. customary system, of pounds and acres when the rest of the world has largely shifted to the metric system of kilograms and hectares. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "What Exactly Is a Bushel? The Question Turns People Into Basket Cases," 18 Dec. 2018 Most students were raised in the metric system, and suddenly need to think in pounds and cups, not kilograms and liters. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 To make dishes like struffoli, biscotti, castagnole and torta pasqualina, the students view the recipe in both Italian and English and learn about the different metric systems. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Have picky eaters in your home? Take them to cooking class," 3 July 2018 Where the metric system is in use, horse races are in meters. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the answers to all of your dumb horse racing questions," 5 June 2018 Calm down, weather lovers, the National Weather Service in Portland is not moving to the metric system. Lizzy Acker,, "National Weather Service in Portland moves to the metric system (plus other April Fool's jokes you might have missed)," 1 Apr. 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of metric system was in 1864

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Kids Definition of metric system

: a system of weights and measures in which the meter is the unit of length and the kilogram is the unit of weight

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Medical Definition of metric system

: a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and on the kilogram — compare cgs, mks

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