metric

noun
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik \

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 \ adverb

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.

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

Alibaba’s reporting is based on gross merchandise value (or GMV), which Bloomberg argues is an unreliable metric that doesn’t seem to correlate with revenue. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Alibaba’s Singles Day sales dwarf Amazon’s biggest day," 12 Nov. 2018 But manpower is not a good metric to assess the volatility of this terror group. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The Pentagon says ISIS is “well-positioned” to make a comeback," 17 Aug. 2018 There’s a bit of intrigue surrounding Sculley’s performance bonus this year, in part because there were no preset metrics put into place. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council to determine Sculley bonus," 23 Jan. 2018 Shale companies began touting a metric known as estimated ultimate recovery, or EUR, in investor presentations. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Fracking’s Secret Problem—Oil Wells Aren’t Producing as Much as Forecast," 2 Jan. 2019 One of the big lessons Canonical has learned from collecting hardware metrics is that Ubuntu ends up in virtual machines a lot, so improvements are apparently in the works. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 That’s due to two metrics, Fortin wrote: the decreased volume of support calls and chats, indicative of fewer customer problems; and what’s called a Net Promoter Score, where users are asked to rate their Windows experiences. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 Facebook's justification for removing problematic accounts—using duplicate profiles, artificially boosting metrics, inflaming political tension to fatten ad revenue—is a tactful one. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Fake News Problem Isn't Russian Anymore—It's Homegrown," 12 Oct. 2018 Yet outside the results, Kennedy’s four-seamer is not special in any distinguishable metric. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One level at at time, Brett Kennedy blazing a trail to San Diego," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Almost all measurements in Toothache are metric, with no alternatives. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "A New Generation of Food Magazines Thinks Small, and in Ink," 27 Mar. 2018 Over the last 30 days, his subscriber count has also climbed by nearly 400,000, according to YouTube metric site SocialBlade. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Logan Paul’s redemption arc is proceeding exactly as planned," 29 Aug. 2018 The metric most often used to determine where a stock falls on the value-growth spectrum is its ratio of price to per-share book value. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "‘Value’ Stocks May Not Be the Bear-Market Cure, After All," 8 July 2018 According to the metric Defensive Runs Saved, Trout, with a mark of –6, ranked 11th out of 17 qualified centerfielders in 2017. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018

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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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adjective

English Language Learners Definition of metric

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

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik \

Kids Definition of metric

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

metric

adjective
met·​ric | \ ˈme-trik \

Medical Definition of metric

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

Other Words from metric

metrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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