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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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Examples of metric system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United States may have retired the metric system, but the rest of the world hasn't. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Local dialects were effectively banned, and use of the new, highly rational metric system was required. Christopher Beha, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 The metric system, which makes far more sense than the imperial system, works in tens. Elise Hannum, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 As a scientist who publishes in the scientific literature, the standard expectation is to use the metric system and the Celsius or even Kelvin scales. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 An investigation found the root of the problem: The spacecraft was using the metric system while commands from the ground were sent in English units (pounds-seconds). April Margulies, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Like most of the world, the U.K. has used the metric system for more than half a century, though people there never stopped ordering pints in the pub and measuring themselves in feet and inches. David Meyer, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2021 As Artnet News notes, Antoine was highly regarded in late 18th-century France for helping to develop the metric system and discovering the role that oxygen plays in combustion. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Sep. 2021 Its oddness was highlighted only after the world began to adopt the metric system. Phil Jaekl, Time, 1 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of metric system

1864, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Metric system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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