metrical

adjective
met·ri·cal | \ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or metric \-trik \

Definition of metrical 

1 : of, relating to, or composed in meter

2 : of or relating to measurement

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Other Words from metrical

metrically \-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of metrical in a Sentence

the metrical chugging of the machinery had a hypnotic effect

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Elegies were originally poems of sorrow for the dead, written according to very strict metrical rules. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "From one word lover to another," 2 Apr. 2018 Robert Bly encouraged him to jettison iambic meters, though Wright never entirely abandoned metrical verse. David Yezzi, WSJ, "Review: ‘James Wright’ Was a Poet of the Pure Clear Word," 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, courant.com, "Metal's Fates Warning At Webster Theater," 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, "Bob Dylan the Writer: An Authentic American Voice," 13 Oct. 2016 Beethoven’s startling metrical switches in the Scherzo flew by without startling. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "A spiritually yearning Beethoven Ninth in Pasadena," 30 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of metrical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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the metric system

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

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metrical

adjective
met·ri·cal | \ˈme-tri-kəl \

Kids Definition of metrical

: of or relating to poetic or musical meter

metrical

adjective
met·ri·cal | \-tri-kəl \

Medical Definition of metrical 

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

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