The metric system was originated by the French Academy of Sciences during the latter part of the 18th century.
Other tables in the metric system are built upon the same plan.
Although the railways were different, the metric system prevailed as in the greater part of the globe.
One of the units plainly belongs to the metric system, the other to the English.
It will readily be seen that with the metric system it is possible to measure accurately the thousandth part of an inch.
They are also furnished with metric system measurements, graduated and marked for centimeters and millimeters.
This fact involved the recasting of drawings even when the metric system measurements were retained.
From St. Vincent's tower during the Convention, 1792-5, were taken those measurements, the outcome of which was the metric system.
The metric system is a decimal system that is, one unit is related to another unit in the ratio of ten or of some power of ten.
She's rather tall—not too tall, mind you—five feet five, I'd say—whatever that is in the metric system.
metric system n.
A decimal system of units based on the meter as a unit length, the kilogram as a unit mass, and the second as a unit time.
metric system A decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter as a unit of length, the kilogram as a unit of mass, and the liter as a unit of volume. Compare US Customary System. See Table at measurement. |
A system of measurement in which the basic units are the meter, the second, and the kilogram. In this system, the ratios between units of measurement are multiples of ten. For example, a kilogram is a thousand grams, and a centimeter is one-hundredth of a meter. Virtually all countries of the world, except the United States, use the metric system. Among scientists, the metric system is called SI — an abbreviation for Système internationale, which is French for “International System.”