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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
For the metrically challenged, there are about 28 grams in one ounce.Phil Vettel


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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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
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 25 Mar. 2023.

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