adverb (1)
met·​ri·​cal·​ly | \ ˈme-tri-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce metrically (audio) \

Definition of metrically

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


adverb (2)

Definition of metrically (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : with regard to measurement The dental characters differ morphologically and metrically from those of the recent great apes …— L. de Bonis et al.

First Known Use of metrically

Adverb (1)

1878, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for metrically

Adverb (1)

metric entry 2 + -ally

Adverb (2)

metrical + -ly entry 2

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The first known use of metrically was in 1598

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“Metrically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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