the metric system

Definition of the metric system

  1. :  a system of weights and measures that is based on the meter and on the kilogram

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a part of prosody that deals with metrical (see metrical 1) structure

    :  a standard of measurement

    :  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

  1. :  of, relating to, or using the metric system

  1. :  a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole : such as

    :  a group of interacting bodies under the influence of related forces

    :  an assemblage of substances that is in or tends to equilibrium

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