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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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 As a film—penned by the show’s creator and writer Julian Fellowes, and directed by Michael Engler—if Downton Abbey is similarly eager to please, its metrics have also changed. Marley Marius, Vogue, "We Didn’t Need the Downton Abbey Movie, But We’re Happy to Have It," 10 Sep. 2019 Like most coding schools, Lambda’s curriculum is unaccredited, and self-reports its performance metrics. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt," 26 Aug. 2019 Unemployment, by its most common metric, is extremely low and stock markets are high. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: ‘Inflation is solved’? Don’t bank on it," 28 July 2019 His defensive metrics don’t register atop the league. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A closer look at Ramon Laureano’s extraordinary July," 20 July 2019 The company said its productivity metrics had not changed since November 2018. Josh Eidelson And Spencer Soper, latimes.com, "Amazon workers plan Prime Day strike at Minnesota warehouse," 8 July 2019 Moreover, after push-back from its union, the D.C. school district broadened its evaluation metrics. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Should Kentucky teachers be paid more for delivering high scores? Wayne Lewis thinks so.," 5 June 2019 That same year, 45 music festivals pledged that by 2022 their lineups would be a balance of male and female acts (which, in its promise, doesn't account for non-binary or gender non-conforming acts in their metrics). Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Camp Cope on Supporting Other Women in Music and Calling Out Festival Lineups," 2 May 2019 The platforms might be choosing to sit RAD out in favor of prioritizing their own metrics. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pick any metric and Gedling appears roughly in the middle. The Economist, "The Conservatives are struggling to win a crucial Midlands marginal," 7 Nov. 2019 By ESPN’s S&P+ metric, for example, UConn ranks No. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn football at UMass: time, how to watch, broadcasters, weather, betting line, preview," 26 Oct. 2019 By the most obvious metric in football, these are the teams against which the Dolphins can actually get a win. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Poll: Dolphins fans, are you rooting for them to win this Sunday?," 9 Oct. 2019 The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hollywood's Bleeding'," 15 Sep. 2019 More Music Middlebrook believes that record labels would find precision rate to be the most useful metric if using these models to put out songs. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Data Science Explains Why Every Hit Pop Song Sounds the Same," 9 Sep. 2019 The disappearance of public likes has been dissected from the perspective of influencers, who use the metric to figure out their monetary worth. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Hiding likes on social media might actually make it better," 4 Sep. 2019 But while these metrics offer some context for the current state of Jumia’s operations, the telling metric reflects that the company’s operating losses have, yet again, widened year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Jumia is battling with internal fraud and external legal threats even as its losses widen," 21 Aug. 2019 The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hollywood's Bleeding'," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of metric was in 1760

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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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