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Definition of "metric" []

  • Of or relating to the meter or the metric system: U.S. Customary units and their metric equivalents. (adjective)
  • A standard of measurement. (noun)
  • Mathematics A geometric function that describes the distances between pairs of points in a space. (noun)
  • Of or relating to distance. (adjective)
  • Poetic meter. (noun)
  • Of or relating to the metre or metric system (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • 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 (adjective)
  • The function ρ(x, y) satisfying the conditions of membership of such a set (a metric space) (noun)

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Use "metric" in a sentence
  • "Maybe the way to get the US to convert to metric is to start using the proper name for the "English" weights and measures system: "British Imperial Units"."
  • "The game could be played in the reverse, where the metric is the number of people you see singing along/tapping feet/dancing."
  • "Look, I'm agnostic on whether this 'metric' is accurate, or whether an entirely non-subjective metric of freedom is even possible."