metric

1
[me-trik]

adjective

pertaining to the meter or to the metric system.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. metratrophy,
  2. metrazol,
  3. metre,
  4. metre-kilogram-second,
  5. metria,
  6. metric centner,
  7. metric hundredweight,
  8. metric madness,
  9. metric martyr,
  10. metric space

Origin of metric

1
1860–65; < French métrique, derivative of mètre meter1; see -ic

metric

2
[me-trik]

adjective

pertaining to distance: metric geometry.

noun

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 metric

2
1750–60; < Latin metricus < Greek metrikós of, relating to measuring. See meter2, -ic

-metric

a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -meter (barometric) or -metry (geometric).

Origin of -metric

< Greek -metrikos; see meter2, -metry, -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for metric

metric

adjective

of or relating to the metre or metric system
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

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
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Medicine definitions for metric

metric

[mĕtrĭk]

adj.

Of or relating to the meter or the metric system.

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Science definitions for metric

metric

[mĕtrĭk]

Relating to the meter or the metric system.
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