- pertaining to the meter or to the metric system.
- 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.
- pertaining to distance: metric geometry.
- 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.
- a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -meter (barometric) or -metry (geometric).
- 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
- maths the function ρ(x, y) satisfying the conditions of membership of such a set (a metric space)
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. 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)). word-forming element from -metry + -ic. adj.
- Of or relating to the meter or the metric system.
- Relating to the meter or the metric system.