metrical

adjective
met·​ri·​cal | \ ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce metrical (audio) \
variants: or metric \ ˈme-​trik How to pronounce metrical (audio) \

Definition of metrical

1 : of, relating to, or composed in meter
2 : of or relating to measurement

Examples of metrical in a Sentence

the metrical chugging of the machinery had a hypnotic effect
Recent Examples on the Web Somewhere in the unconscious of the song, beneath the metrical grid, the band has located a deep, deep shuffle-like vibration: extremely heavy. James Parker, The Atlantic, 1 Jan. 2022 The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight relates this eerily playful tale in 2,530 lines of alliterative verse, a springy and musical metrical form, relishing the gory details. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight relates this eerily playful tale in 2,530 lines of alliterative verse, a springy and musical metrical form, relishing the gory details. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight relates this eerily playful tale in 2,530 lines of alliterative verse, a springy and musical metrical form, relishing the gory details. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight relates this eerily playful tale in 2,530 lines of alliterative verse, a springy and musical metrical form, relishing the gory details. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight relates this eerily playful tale in 2,530 lines of alliterative verse, a springy and musical metrical form, relishing the gory details. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight relates this eerily playful tale in 2,530 lines of alliterative verse, a springy and musical metrical form, relishing the gory details. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight relates this eerily playful tale in 2,530 lines of alliterative verse, a springy and musical metrical form, relishing the gory details. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of metrical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for metrical

metrical going back to Middle English metricalle, from Latin metricus "relating to or composed in meter" + Middle English -alle -al entry 1; metric borrowed from Latin metricus "relating to or composed in meter, rhythmic (of the pulse)," borrowed from Greek metrikós "by measurement, relating to meter in verse," from métron "measure, space measure, poetic meter" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at meter entry 1

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“Metrical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metrical. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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metrical

adjective
met·​ri·​cal | \ ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce metrical (audio) \

Kids Definition of metrical

: of or relating to poetic or musical meter

metrical

adjective
met·​ri·​cal | \ -tri-kəl How to pronounce metrical (audio) \

Medical Definition of metrical

: of, relating to, or subject to measurement metrical genetic traits

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