metric system

noun

Definition of metric system

: a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and on the kilogram
metric system table

Examples of metric system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Complicating this matter further is that most wine cans, bottles, and other containers are defined under the metric system, ranging from 125 ml to 750 ml. Liz Thach, Forbes, "No-Low Alcohol Wines Hit The U.S., Looking To Gain Traction," 6 Apr. 2021 This two-pack offers clear measuring with a classic two-sided design, one side for inches the other side uses the metric system in centimeters. Popular Science, "The best rulers for home, office, and school," 8 Jan. 2021 The same people who introduced the metric system and (unsuccessfully) tried to replace the Gregorian calendar can seem to have a mania for top-down reform and standardisation. The Economist, "Accent discrimination betrays a small mind," 12 Dec. 2020 While revolution raged, the metric system was born, Nat Geo’s History magazine reports. Carlos Barria, National Geographic, "How the U.S. battled past wildfire catastrophes," 14 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, though resisted in the land of its invention, the metric system gained adherents in other countries. National Geographic, "The French Revolution not only toppled a king—it also forged the metric system," 10 Sep. 2020 The metric system was officially adopted in France on December 10, 1799. National Geographic, "The French Revolution not only toppled a king—it also forged the metric system," 10 Sep. 2020 Because Oktoberfest is a wondrous time to use the metric system, start by drinking the half-liter, liter and boot-size pours (two liters) of NOBO’s German-style brews. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Prost! These South Florida bars, German-American clubs still give a schnitzel about Oktoberfest," 7 Oct. 2020 Condorcet’s ideals live on, however, in the way most of the world measures things: the metric system. National Geographic, "The French Revolution not only toppled a king—it also forged the metric system," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of metric system

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of metric system was in 1864

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“Metric system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metric%20system. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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metric system

noun

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

metric system

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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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