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noun, plural me·trol·o·gies.
  1. the science of weights and measures.
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Origin of metrology

First recorded in 1810–20; metro-1 + -logy
Related formsmet·ro·log·i·cal [me-truh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɛ trəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivemet·ro·log·i·cal·ly, adverbme·trol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for metrology

Historical Examples

  • Met′ric, -al, pertaining to metre or to metrology: consisting of verses.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • The literature on the subject of the Great Pyramid, considered from the standpoint of metrology, is extensive.

  • His leading contribution to metrology was his Mtrologie ou Trait des mesures, Paris, 1780.

British Dictionary definitions for metrology


noun plural -gies
  1. the science of weights and measures; the study of units of measurement
  2. a particular system of units
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Derived Formsmetrological (ˌmɛtrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivemetrologically, adverbmetrologist, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek metron measure
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