met·​ro·​nom·​ic | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce metronomic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly metronomical \ ˌme-​trə-​ˈnä-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce metronomical (audio) \

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 \ ˌme-​trə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metronomically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of metronomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Same solid drives, same high, metronomic dribble, same deadening retinue of mid-range Js. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Return, and Potential Returns, of the N.B.A.," 25 Oct. 2019 Sharapova remains Williams’s most reliable tennis muse, bringing out the very best in Williams’s power game on a metronomic basis. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Crushes Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open," 26 Aug. 2019 The Rams, unsurprisingly, have been even more aggressive down south, and with almost metronomic consistency. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why Mel Tucker and Mike Bobo hit Rocky Mountain Showdown with Georgia on their minds," 25 Aug. 2019 All the while, the trail of migrants into the downtown El Paso courthouse has gone on with metronomic regularity. Washington Post, "Migrants risk it all seeking asylum. The answer in court is almost always ‘no.’," 24 July 2019 The sprinklers click a metronomic music of the agricultural West all day long. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 New species emerge every 2 million years, on average, in a metronomic rhythm tapped out by the random nature of genetic mutations. Quanta Magazine, "A Surprise for Evolution in Giant Tree of Life," 5 May 2015 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

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First Known Use of metronomic

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Metronomic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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met·​ro·​nom·​ic | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnäm-ik How to pronounce metronomic (audio) \

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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