metric

noun
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio) \

Definition of metric

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 metrics plural : a part of prosody that deals with metrical (see metrical sense 1) structure the analytical study of metric— T. S. Eliot
2 : a standard of measurement no metric exists that can be applied directly to happinessScientific Monthly
3 : a mathematical function that associates a real nonnegative number analogous to distance with each pair of elements in a set such that the number is zero only if the two elements are identical, the number is the same regardless of the order in which the two elements are taken, and the number associated with one pair of elements plus that associated with one member of the pair and a third element is equal to or greater than the number associated with the other member of the pair and the third element

metric

adjective

Definition of metric (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, or using the metric system a metric study
variants: or -metrical

Definition of -metric (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, employing, or obtained by (such) a meter galvanometric
2 : of or relating to (such) an art, process, or science of measuring geometrical

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Other Words from metric

Adjective

metrically \ ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metrically (audio) \ adverb

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The metric system was invented in France in the years following the French Revolution, and a version of it is now used in most of the world to measure distance, weight, and volume. Basic metric units include the kilogram (the basic unit of weight), the liter (the basic unit of volume), and of course the meter (the basic unit of length—see below). Metric—or more often metrical—can also refer to the basic underlying rhythm of songs and poetry. So while the scientists' measurements are usually metric, the poets' are usually metrical.

Examples of metric in a Sentence

Noun

according to the usual metrics by which we judge fiction, this novel is an utter failure

Adjective

The metric unit of energy is the “joule.”

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of course the new Air is going to beat out the old Air on a whole host of metrics. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: the present of computing," 6 Nov. 2018 Some of the metrics will even have alarms associated with them to alert Facebook employees if there’s an unexpected dip or spike. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook has a plan to protect the U.S. midterms. Is it enough?," 17 Aug. 2018 The last two times Stitch Fix reported earnings—in October and December 2018—its stock price plummeted because the company fell short on this key metric. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "An Earnings Climb Buys Stitch Fix Time," 11 Mar. 2019 Again, though, the focus on this metric can mask problems that have a high impact on a small number of users. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data," 13 Nov. 2018 But over the past year, this metric declined 1 percent. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "US pending home sales nudged upward in September," 25 Oct. 2018 The report looked at the number of jobs at young firms that have been in business for five years or less, and found the region underperforming on this metric, boasting 3.3 million such jobs, or 9 percent of total employment. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The unheralded success of flyover states," 18 Oct. 2018 This is just one measure of interest in election turnout, and the partisan enthusiasm gap can range significantly depending on the metric. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Democrats more enthusiastic about voting in midterms," 12 July 2018 By this metric, Franklin Roosevelt had the most impact on the Supreme Court, with over 140 years of influence. David Johnson, Time, "Here's How Donald Trump's Influence on the Supreme Court Compares to Other Presidents," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The only metric van Buuren’s top video didn’t lead -- comments -- was instead ruled by the April 2018 chart’s No. 2 video, uploaded by Alicia Keys. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Armin van Buuren's Formula 1 Performance Leads Top Facebook Live Videos Chart," 16 May 2018 And Americans are always turned off by the use of metric units. Stewart Easterby, WSJ, "Climate Activists Are Lousy Salesmen," 25 Apr. 2018 Chipotle, which reported a 4% comparable-sales increase in 2018, expects the key sales metric to improve 4% to 6% this year. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Chipotle Profit Rises as Higher Prices, Restaurant Investments Drive Growth," 6 Feb. 2019 Available in both imperial and metric measurements, this level comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is priced at $59. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "This Magnetic Torpedo Level Stays Right Where You Put It," 14 Oct. 2016 When the watch transitions to speedometer mode, the second hand suddenly describes the current speed in metric or imperial, the minute hand shows distance traveled, and the date dial shows the average speed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Bike Speedometer Is Also a Smartwatch," 30 Nov. 2016 If there were a metric for how utterly and hopelessly over a game felt after just 14 minutes, Alabama would have surely set a record there, too. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Alabama Beats Oklahoma, Will Face Clemson for College Football National Title," 30 Dec. 2018 As late as this year, many shows only had their download numbers to go off of, and even now, that’s the main metric advertisers ask for when considering ad placement. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Gaming the Apple Podcast charts is cheaper and easier than you think," 29 Nov. 2018 Beyond soil removal, steam rate is a great metric to look at for steam mops. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How We Tested Steam Mops," 23 May 2012

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First Known Use of metric

Noun

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metric

Noun

Greek metrikē, from feminine of metrikos in meter, by measure, from metron measure — more at measure

Adjective

French métrique, from mètre meter

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metrical signature

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metric

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of metric

: of, relating to, or based on the metric system

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio) \

Kids Definition of metric

: of, relating to, or based on the metric system metric measurements

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio) \

Medical Definition of metric

: of, relating to, or using the metric system a metric study

Other Words from metric

metrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metrically (audio) \ adverb

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