# metric

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[ me-trik ]

/ ˈmɛ trɪk /

### 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.

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## Origin of metric

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## metric

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[ me-trik ]

/ ˈmɛ trɪk /

### 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

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## -metric

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

## Origin of -metric

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## metric

/ (ˈmɛtrɪk) /

### 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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## metric

[ mĕt′rĭk ]

### adj.

Of or relating to the meter or the metric system.

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## metric

[ mĕt′rĭk ]

Relating to the meter or the metric system.

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