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# metrics

[me-triks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
1. the science of meter.
2. the art of metrical composition.

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First recorded in 1895–1900; see origin at metric2, -ics

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[me-trik]
1. pertaining to the meter or to the metric system.
noun
1. 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

1860–65; < French métrique, derivative of mètre meter1; see -ic

# metric2

[me-trik]
1. pertaining to distance: metric geometry.
noun
1. 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 of metric2

1750–60; < Latin metricus < Greek metrikós of, relating to measuring. See meter2, -ic

# -metrics

1. a combining form with the meaning “the science of measuring” that specified by the initial element: biometrics; econometrics.

## Origin of -metrics

see origin at -metric, -ics
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## Examples from the Web for metrics

### Historical Examples

• #### He had to go to the Chansons des rues et des bois to enjoy the perfect acrobatics of his metrics.

Against The Grain

Joris-Karl Huysmans

• #### By far the greater part of Gascoigne's treatise is devoted to metrics and to style.

British Dictionary definitions for metrics

# metrics

noun
1. (functioning as singular) prosody the art of using poetic metre

# metric

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
1. 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 formetrics

### n.

"study of meter," 1892, variant of metric (n.); also see -ics.

# 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.

# metric

### 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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

metrics in Medicine

# metric

(mĕtrĭk)
1. Of or relating to the meter or the metric system.

# -metrics

suff.
1. The application of statistics and mathematical analysis to a field of study:biometrics.