[ me-tri-kuh l ]
/ ˈmɛ trɪ kəl /


pertaining to meter or poetic measure.
composed in meter or verse.
pertaining to measurement.
Also metric.

Origin of metrical

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin metric(us) (see metric2) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM metrical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-metrical

  • To chant is to sing in solemn and somewhat uniform cadence; chant is ordinarily applied to non-metrical religious compositions.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald

British Dictionary definitions for non-metrical


metric (ˈmɛtrɪk)

/ (ˈmɛtrɪkəl) /


of or relating to measurement
of or in poetic metre

Derived forms of metrical

metrically, adverb
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