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[me-tri-kuh l]
  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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Examples from the Web for metrically

Historical Examples

  • Not nonsense at all: but, metrically, really his usual elegiac.

    The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Quadrisyllable endings are frequent in the metrically strict Claudian.

  • The myne wisse of Beowulf (l. 169) is metrically admissible.

  • It is to him, also, (if to any one), that Milton is metrically indebted.

    The Visions of England

    Francis T. Palgrave

  • This line is metrically corrupt, but its emendation is very uncertain.

British Dictionary definitions for metrically


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 metrically



"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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