# Dictionary Definition

metric adj

1 based on the meter as a standard of
measurement; "the metric system"; "metrical equivalents" [syn:
metrical]

### Noun

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]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Pronunciation

- ˈmɛtɹɪk, "mEtrIk
- Hyphenation: met·ric

### Etymology

From métrique (1864).### Adjective

- of or relating to the metric system of measurement
- 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)

#### Related terms

#### References

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

#### Translations

metric system

even-note pattern

- Italian: metrico

### Noun

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

#### Translations

algebra

### See also

# Extensive Definition

Metric may refer to:

- Metric
system, a system of units developed in France in the 18th
century
- SI, or Système International, the international system of units since 1960, a subset of the former

- Metrics, a system of parameters that are measured
- Metrics (networking), set of properties of a communication path
- Metre (music), a measurement of beats in music
- Metre (poetry), the linguistic sound patterns of a verse
- Metric (band), a Canadian indie rock band
- In mathematics:
- Metric (mathematics), an abstraction of the notion of distance in a metric space
- Norm (mathematics), an abstraction of the notion of size in a normed vector space
- Metric tensor, a symmetric tensor of rank 2 used to measure distance

- Software metrics, a measure of some property of a piece of software or its specifications

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

# Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

antispastic, approximative, beating, cadenced, cadent, chorographic, dactylic, estimative, hypsographic, iambic, in numbers, in rhythm,
measured, measuring, mensural, mensurational, mensurative, numerative, oceanographic, prosodic, pulsating, pulsative, pulsatory, pulsing, pyrrhic, quantitative, rhythmic, scanning, spondaic, throbbing, topographic, trochaic, valuational, valuative