Definition of metric
1 plural : a part of prosody that deals with metrical structure
2 : a standard of measurement <no metric exists that can be applied directly to happiness — Scientific 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
Examples of metric in a sentence
<according to the usual metrics by which we judge fiction, this novel is an utter failure>
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of metric
Greek metrikē, from feminine of metrikos in meter, by measure, from metron measure — more at measure
First Known Use: 1760
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
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Definition of metric
: of, relating to, or using the metric system <a metric study>
Examples of metric in a sentence
The metric unit of energy is the “joule.”
Origin and Etymology of metric
French métrique, from mètre meter
First Known Use: 1864
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Definition of metric
1 : of, employing, or obtained by (such) a meter <galvanometric>
2 : of or relating to (such) an art, process, or science of measuring <geometrical>
Variants of metric
metrical
METRIC Defined for English Language Learners
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Definition of metric for English Language Learners

: of, relating to, or based on the metric system
METRIC Defined for Kids
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playDefinition of metric for Students
: of, relating to, or based on the metric system <metric measurements>
Word Root of metric
The Greek word metron, meaning “measure,” gives us the root metr. Words from the Greek metron have something to do with measuring. A thermometer is an instrument that measures temperature. A diameter is the measurement across the center of a circle. The metric system is a system used for measuring size, weight, and volume. A perimeter is the measurement of the outside of a figure or shape.
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