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adverb (1)

met·​ri·​cal·​ly ˈme-tri-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce metrically (audio)
: in a manner relating to or based on the metric system
… if your measuring cup isn't graduated metrically … then figure that 2 1/3 U. S. cups is the closest practical equivalent …Raymond Sokolov


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adverb (2)

: with regard to rhythmic meter
written in metrically regular verse
There's little doubt that a number of lines are metrically incomplete, a fact that dovetails with what we know about the poet's working method …Daniel Mendelsohn
They want to liberate themselves from the 4/4 uniformity of the metrically conventional, constant jazz beat …Joachim E. Berendt
: with regard to measurement
The dental characters differ morphologically and metrically from those of the recent great apes …L. de Bonis et al.

Examples of metrically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The first passage is a Spenserian stanza, nine lines long, the last line being an Alexandrine—consisting of six feet, that is, and thus metrically a foot longer than the iambic pentameters that precede it. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 There is nothing there that metrically says: breakout year forthcoming. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 28 Mar. 2023 The findings are suggestive of a predisposition for rhythmic movement in response to music and other metrically regular sounds. Darlene Cavalier, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2010

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Word History


Adverb (1)

metric entry 2 + -ally

Adverb (2)

metrical + -ly entry 2

First Known Use

Adverb (1)

1878, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of metrically was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Metrically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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