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

  • As it is, his poem has the faults we should look for in a metrical version of Euclid.

    The Legacy of Greece


  • These metrical effects he has tried to reproduce in English.

  • Metrical scheme: a brief strophe and antistrophe and conclusion.

  • The whole universe is metrical, everything is a question of degree.

    Life and Matter

    Oliver Lodge

  • But he was already skilled in the art of metrical composition.

British Dictionary definitions for metrical


metric (ˈmɛtrɪk)

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


"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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