There are 2 definitions of metric in English:

metric1

Syllabification: met·ric
Pronunciation: /ˈmetrik
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or based on the meter as a unit of length; relating to the metric system: all measurements are given in metric form
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    • Each color has its own wavelength, from dark red, which has the longest wavelength, to violet, which has the shortest wavelength, expressed in metric units of length.
    • Most metric recipes were based on a weight unit of 25 grams - slightly less than an ounce - and a liquid measure of half a litre, which was slightly less than a pint.
    • This system contains most of the metric units you are used to, like meters and kilograms, but also includes units for many other physical and engineering properties.
  • 1.1Using the metric system: we should have gone metric years ago
  • 2 Mathematics & Physics Relating to or denoting a metric.
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    • Progress was being made in that gravitation was described for the first time by the metric tensor but still the theory was not right.
    • The relationship is precisely specified by the most profound equation of STR, usually called the metric equation (or line metric equation).
    • Isoperi metric problems have been a source of important mathematical ideas and techniques since classical antiquity.

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  • 1 technical A system or standard of measurement.
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    • This means that worst-case measurements of system metrics are the only thing that matters to a hard real-time application, because these are the cases that cause a missed deadline.
    • That loss can be measured using standard metrics of compensating variation, equivalent variation, or consumer surplus using national demand functions.
    • The two standard metrics for information retrieval are relevance and retrieval, i.e. what percentage of all the good stuff you get back.
  • 1.1 Mathematics & Physics A binary function of a topological space that gives, for any two points of the space, a value equal to the distance between them, or to a value treated as analogous to distance for the purpose of analysis.
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    • A Banach space is a real or complex normed vector space that is complete as a metric space under the metric induced by the norm.
    • Weyl opened the way to the conformal differential geometry of Riemannian spaces in which one studies the properties of the spaces invariant under the so-called conformal transformation of the Riemannian metric.
    • We conclude that a trend analysis of median comet metrics from repeated experiments at different stress levels is certainly an efficient way to statistically demonstrate a genotoxic effect.
  • 2 informal Metric units, or the metric system: it’s easier to work in metric
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    • They use metric here in Japan, though, so ‘centimeters towards meaningful democracy’ would be more correct, but in reality the change is closer to micrometric.
    • I found myself constantly doing the mental trick I did in Austraila, where in my head, I pre-scan every word I am about to say, looking for any mentions of numerical data that would have to be converted to metric.
    • Like the inhabitants of small villages in Surrey, I don't do metric.

Origin

mid 19th century (as an adjective relating to length): from French métrique, from mètre (see meter1).

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There are 2 definitions of metric in English:

metric2

Syllabification: met·ric
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈmetrik/

adjective

  • Relating to or composed in a poetic meter.
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    • Humor raises no such difficulty, for it is a purely formal device, more akin to the metric pattern of verse than to that of a trope.
    • I opted for freedom, though on many occasions continuing to use familiar metric forms, but rejuvenated within the iridescent world of metaphor.
    • Also painfully absent is any discussion of the poetry, of the metric and formal characteristics of these texts, their historic or social changes, or their regional idiosyncrasies.

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  • The meter of a poem.
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    • Here, as in Harper's later volumes, musical rhythm replaces traditional metrics in the poetry without sacrificing craft.
    • This feature was reflected in the development of Anglo-Irish metrics and was first felt through the rhythms of folksongs.
    • What Pound did in this text was to construct a Well-Tempered Prosody to exercise his mastery of metrics and diction.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting the branch of study dealing with meter): via Latin from Greek metrikos, from metron (see meter2).

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