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metric adj
1 based on the meter as a standard of measurement; "the metric system"; "metrical equivalents" [syn: metrical]
2 the rhythmic arrangement of syllables [syn: measured, metrical]


1 a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them [syn: metric function]
2 a decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds); "convert all the measurements to metric units"; "it is easier to work in metric" [syn: metric unit]
3 a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic [syn: system of measurement]

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  • ˈmɛtɹɪk, "mEtrIk
  • Hyphenation: met·ric


From métrique (1864).


  1. of or relating to the metric system of measurement
  2. of or relating to a even-note pattern or rhythmic unit which coincides with the pulses on a metric level. (DeLone et. al. (Eds.), 1975, chap. 3)


  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465. Ch. 3.


metric system
even-note pattern

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  1. a measure for something; a means of deriving a quantitative measurement or approximation for otherwise qualitative phenomena (esp. used in Software Engineering)
  2. A measurement of the distance between two points in some metric space; e.g. the Euclidean metric (sqrt(x² + y² + z²) in 3 dimensions).



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Extensive Definition

Metric may refer to:
metric in Danish: Metrik
metric in German: Metrik
metric in Modern Greek (1453-): Μετρική
metric in Esperanto: Metriko
metric in French: Métrique
metric in Dutch: Metriek
metric in Polish: Metryka
metric in Russian: Метрика
metric in Slovak: Metrika

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