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metrical

[me-tri-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to meter or poetic measure.
  2. composed in meter or verse.
  3. pertaining to measurement.
Also metric.

Origin of metrical

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin metric(us) (see metric2) + -al1
Related formsmet·ri·cal·ly, adverbmet·ri·cism [me-truh-siz-uh m] /ˈmɛ trəˌsɪz əm/, me·tric·i·ty [me-tris-i-tee, mi-] /mɛˈtrɪs ɪ ti, mɪ-/, nounnon·met·ri·cal, adjectivenon·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbun·met·ri·cal, adjectiveun·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for non-metrical

Historical Examples

  • To chant is to sing in solemn and somewhat uniform cadence; chant is ordinarily applied to non-metrical religious compositions.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

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British Dictionary definitions for non-metrical

metrical

metric (ˈmɛtrɪk)

adjective
  1. of or relating to measurement
  2. of or in poetic metre
Derived Formsmetrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-metrical

metrical

adj.

"pertaining to versification," early 15c., from Latin metricus "metrical," from Greek metrikos "of or for meter, metrical," from metron "poetic meter" (see meter (n.2)). Old English had meterlic in this sense.

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