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# metric1

[me-trik] /ˈmɛ trɪk/
1.
pertaining to the meter or to the metric system.
noun
2.
Often, metrics. a standard for measuring or evaluating something, especially one that uses figures or statistics: new metrics for gauging an organization’s diversity;
pretty good by any metric.
Origin of metric1
1860-1865
1860-65; < French métrique, derivative of mètre meter1; see -ic

## metric2

[me-trik] /ˈmɛ trɪk/
1.
pertaining to distance:
metric geometry.
2.
noun
3.
Mathematics. a nonnegative real-valued function having properties analogous to those of the distance between points on a real line, as the distance between two points being independent of the order of the points, the distance between two points being zero if, and only if, the two points coincide, and the distance between two points being less than or equal to the sum of the distances from each point to an arbitrary third point.
Origin
1750-60; < Latin metricus < Greek metrikós of, relating to measuring. See meter2, -ic

## -metric

1.
a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -meter, (barometric) or -metry, (geometric).
Origin
< Greek -metrikos; see meter2, -metry, -ic
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Examples from the Web for metric
Contemporary Examples
• “You are applying Western metrics to someone who is not using that metric against you,” referring to ISIS, Bolger said.

• America sent less than 2,000 metric tons of cheese to China in 2009.

September 2, 2014
• Do you have any kind of metric for whether what you're doing is working or not?

• The “calories in vs. calories out” equation for obtaining a lean physique can make this metric a major focus point.

January 8, 2014
• Outside of simply helping to match your input to your output, use the metric to help increase your movement throughout the day.

January 8, 2014
Historical Examples
• The metric symbols are treated as abbreviations but the chemical symbols are not.

Frederick W. Hamilton
• The metric system of weights and measures is one in which the meter is the unit of measure.

Elmer W. Cavins
• In any modern work on horology of value, the metric system is used.

H. R. Playtner
• The latter was the only one that was under the metric carat.

• The metric system of weights and measures has been in force since 1878.

British Dictionary definitions for metric

## metric

/ˈmɛtrɪk/
1.
of or relating to the metre or metric system
2.
(maths) denoting or relating to a set containing pairs of points for each of which a non-negative real number ρ(x, y) (the distance) can be defined, satisfying specific conditions
noun
3.
(maths) the function ρ(x, y) satisfying the conditions of membership of such a set (a metric space)
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Word Origin and History for metric

"pertaining to the system of measures based on the meter," 1855, from French métrique, from mèter (see meter (n.2)). In this sense, metrical is attested from 1797.

n.

"science of versification," 1760, from Greek he metrike "prosody," plural of metron "meter, a verse; that by which anything is measured; measure, length, size, limit, proportion" (see meter (n.1)).

## -metric

word-forming element from -metry + -ic.

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metric in Medicine

metric met·ric1 (mět'rĭk)
Of or relating to the meter or the metric system.

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metric in Science
 metric   (mět'rĭk)    Relating to the meter or the metric system.
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