met·​ro·​nom·​ic | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnä-mik \
variants: or less commonly metronomical \ -​mi-​kəl \

Definition of metronomic

1 : mechanically regular (as in action or tempo) … the swimmer's arms lift and glide under the surface in a reliable metronomic cadence …— Diana Nyad
2 medical : of, relating to, or being a drug or regimen of drugs administered in low doses at regular intervals over an extended period of time metronomic chemotherapy

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metronomically \ -​mik(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Long track tends to attract taller athletes who race a clock with metronomic steadiness. John Branch, New York Times, "Short-Track Speedskaters Are Lopsided," 20 Feb. 2018 In one recent performance, a pair of dancers executed repetitive, metronomic movements timed to the hours of the day, and presumably to the lives led in the houses: Banal things happen, violent things happen, intimate things happen. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "In Three Famous Houses, Modern Living Unwinds," 28 June 2018 When the whirlwind of the Winter Olympics spins to a close this weekend, the host city, Pyeongchang, South Korea, will settle down to a life beyond aerial flips, halfpipe pretzels and metronomic North Korean cheerleaders. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "South Korea’s Most Dangerous Enemy: Demographics," 20 Feb. 2018 The heroic element of his position has vanished—except in the case of the long, last-second field goal—because of the metronomic reliability of the fitter, better-coached and more technically proficient specialists of today. Michael Farber,, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 Como, the once maniacal, me-hating escape artist, settled into a serene and even affectionate middle age, his morning bed visits and metronomic tail wags for food and walks and nightly treats a steady backbeat to our empty-nest life. Steven Winn,, "A loving family remembers the zeitgeist of Como the dog," 2 July 2018 In one sense Can has come and gone: The band split up in 1978 after operating since the late 1960s, and Mr. Czukay and another core member, the metronomic drummer Jaki Liebezeit, died in 2017. David Renard, New York Times, "Can Was 40 Years Ahead of Its Time. A New Book Helps Us Catch Up.," 12 June 2018 Given his metronomic production over the past five years, that premise seemed sound and reasonable. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Paul Goldschmidt's woes highlighted during Arizona Diamondbacks' struggles," 31 May 2018 Not until Antonio Banderas arrives to play Maestro, the crucial voice coach who knocks Amos into shape, does this metronomic slog to stardom muster a pulse. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Andrea Bocelli, From Cradle to Stage in ‘The Music of Silence’," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of metronomic

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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met·​ro·​nom·​ic | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnäm-ik \

Medical Definition of metronomic

: of, relating to, or being a drug or regimen of drugs administered in low doses at regular intervals over an extended period of time metronomic cyclophosphamide metronomic chemotherapy

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