# metrics

[me-triks]

- the science of meter.
- the art of metrical composition.

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## Origin of metrics^{}

## metric^{1}

[me-trik]

- pertaining to the meter or to the metric system.

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- 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^{1}

## metric^{2}

[me-trik]

- pertaining to distance: metric geometry.
- metrical.

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- 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.

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## Origin of metric^{2}

## -metrics

- a combining form with the meaning “the science of measuring” that specified by the initial element: biometrics; econometrics.

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## Origin of -metrics^{}

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## Examples from the Web for metrics

### Contemporary Examples

#### “You are applying Western metrics to someone who is not using that metric against you,” referring to ISIS, Bolger said.

#### This midterm election has been pretty terrible measured by the metrics that independent/swing voters care about.

Yes, Independent Swing Voters Are Real. And May Decide Who Wins ElectionsLinda Killian

November 3, 2014

#### To put it mildly, Obama has come up short on each of these metrics.

#### So which metrics are most valuable when it comes to changing habits and getting closer to your health and fitness goals?

How to Better Use Your DataJanuary 8, 2014

#### Each year, we rate all 50 states on more than 50 metrics in 10 categories of competitiveness.

### Historical Examples

#### The second book, Of Proportion, 70 pages, is a treatise on metrics.

Rhetoric and Poetry in the RenaissanceDonald Lemen Clark

#### He had to go to the Chansons des rues et des bois to enjoy the perfect acrobatics of his metrics.

Against The GrainJoris-Karl Huysmans

#### Several terms used in this book have also been taken from German metrics.

A History of English VersificationJakob Schipper

#### One of the novelties included in our experiments was the teaching of metrics, hitherto reserved for high schools.

Montessori Elementary MaterialsMaria Montessori

#### By far the greater part of Gascoigne's treatise is devoted to metrics and to style.

Rhetoric and Poetry in the RenaissanceDonald Lemen Clark

## metrics

- (functioning as singular) prosody the art of using poetic metre

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## metric

- 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

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- 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 metrics

## metric

### adj.

"pertaining to the system of measures based on the meter," 1855, from French métrique, from mèter (see meter (n.2)). In this sense, metrical is attested from 1797.

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## metric

### n.

"science of versification," 1760, from Greek he metrike "prosody," plural of metron "meter, a verse; that by which anything is measured; measure, length, size, limit, proportion" (see meter (n.1)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

## metric

(mĕt′rĭk)- Of or relating to the meter or the metric system.

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## -metrics

- The application of statistics and mathematical analysis to a field of study:biometrics.

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The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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## metric

[mĕt′rĭk]

- Relating to the meter or the metric system.

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The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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