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

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Examples of metrical in a Sentence

the metrical chugging of the machinery had a hypnotic effect
Recent Examples on the Web Following the haiku are some poems in other metrical formats. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Its simple metrical principles, conversational modes, and inclusion of everyday speech make an implicit populist argument. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 25 May 2021 After some initial encouragement from the Argentinean author’s widow, the two poets spent years crafting suave translations that replicated Borges’s original metrical forms. Dana Gioia, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2020 The pair have an affinity for dramatic yet metrical structures made of sturdy, uncomplicated materials like concrete and stone. Aj Willingham, CNN, 6 Mar. 2020 Elegies were originally poems of sorrow for the dead, written according to very strict metrical rules. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Apr. 2018 Robert Bly encouraged him to jettison iambic meters, though Wright never entirely abandoned metrical verse. David Yezzi, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2017 Prog metal is so 860, and Fates Warning has been bashing out riffs, messing with your sense of dynamics and metrical time feel for 35 years now. John Adamian,, 21 June 2017 His diction, focus and tone are those of a caustically gifted word man; his metrical dexterity is everywhere apparent. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2016

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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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The first known use of metrical was in the 15th century

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17 Jun 2021

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“Metrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for metrical


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

Kids Definition of metrical

: of or relating to poetic or musical meter


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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