metric

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noun

met·​ric ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio)
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metrics plural : a part of prosody that deals with metrical (see metrical sense 1) structure
the analytical study of metricT. S. Eliot
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: a standard of measurement
no metric exists that can be applied directly to happinessScientific Monthly
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: 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

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adjective

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

-metric

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adjective combining form

variants or -metrical
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: of, employing, or obtained by (such) a meter
galvanometric
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: of or relating to (such) an art, process, or science of measuring
geometrical

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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
Tracking metrics like latency, duration, and memory usage helps identify resource bottlenecks and security loopholes. David Balaban, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Markets depend on a number of different metrics, including the size of the population, so the business opportunity and the cost of data for live streaming is very important. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 As Victoria Song explains here, metrics like calorie burn can vary widely depending on the user and the type of exercise, so changes to the accuracy of the data provided may not be significant. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 13 Feb. 2024 Using traditional productivity metrics isn’t the best way to assess performance optimization—managers need to rethink how to get the best out of their workers. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 The audit found that the city isn’t regularly checking that metric. James Barron, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 This week’s chart, which includes metrics from Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, is absent UMG songs as the lack of a full week of data resulted in metrics that fell below the chart threshold. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 California typically receives the bulk of its rainfall between January and March, so by that metric, the storm was right on schedule. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 The other tab within the weight trends panel shows the rest of your metrics from the QardioBase X. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024
Adjective
According to Venture Global, the facility would have a nameplate export capacity of 20 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG and a peak capacity of about 24 MTPA. Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 24 Jan. 2024 The rings come in 1/6-inch, 1/4-inch, and 3/8-inch with U.S. measurements on one side and metric conversions on the other. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 2 Jan. 2024 But there's no metric, really, that can capture it. Paul Ford, WIRED, 3 Jan. 2024 In one metric sortable by date, the Aztecs rank as the nation’s No. 10 team since Dec. 21. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2024 For example, is the metric cumulative across all users? Kylie Robison, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2024 The Thunder superstar is second in the NBA in this metric (+3.5) this season which only confirms the individual statistics he’s produced. Nick Crain, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The blended metric measures six aspects of player action, including repeat purchase rate, average sessions per user and average playtime per session per user. Peggy Anne Salz, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Because the gas must exit somehow, the frequency and volume (metric and decibel) of flatulence increases. Kim Tingley, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

metric "metrical art, prosody" (in part borrowed from Late Latin metrica —short for ars metrica "metrical art"— from feminine of Latin metricus "metrical, rhythmic," borrowed from Greek metrikós; in part borrowed from Greek metrikḗ —short for metrikḕ téchnē "metrical craft"— or metriká, from, respectively, feminine singular and neuter plural of metrikós "by measurement, metrical") + -ics; (senses 2-3) probably noun derivative of metric "of measurement," earliest in mathematical use, probably after German Metrik — more at metrical

Adjective

borrowed from French métrique, from mètre meter entry 3 + -ique -ic entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metric was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Metric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metric. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

metric

adjective
met·​ric
ˈme-trik
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: of, relating to, or based on the metric system
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Medical Definition

metric

adjective
met·​ric ˈme-trik How to pronounce metric (audio)
: of, relating to, or using the metric system
a metric study
metrically adverb

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