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metric1

[me-trik] /ˈmɛ trɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the meter or to the metric system.
noun
2.
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.
Origin of metric1
1860-1865
1860-65; < French métrique, derivative of mètre meter1; see -ic

metric2

[me-trik] /ˈmɛ trɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to distance:
metric geometry.
2.
noun
3.
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.
Origin
1750-60; < Latin metricus < Greek metrikós of, relating to measuring. See meter2, -ic

-metric

1.
a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -meter, (barometric) or -metry, (geometric).
Origin
< Greek -metrikos; see meter2, -metry, -ic
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  • The metric system was originated by the French Academy of Sciences during the latter part of the 18th century.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The metric symbols are treated as abbreviations but the chemical symbols are not.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Although the railways were different, the metric system prevailed as in the greater part of the globe.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • The latter was the only one that was under the metric carat.

  • Then, besides this faculty of clear vision, you have to consider the faculty of metric vision.

    The Eagle's Nest John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for metric

metric

/ˈmɛtrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the metre or metric system
2.
(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
noun
3.
(maths) the function ρ(x, y) satisfying the conditions of membership of such a set (a metric space)
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Word Origin and History for metric
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)).

-metric

word-forming element from -metry + -ic.

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metric in Medicine

metric met·ric1 (mět'rĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to the meter or the metric system.

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metric in Science
metric
  (mět'rĭk)   
Relating to the meter or the metric system.
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metric in Technology
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