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metrical

[me-tri-kuh l] /ˈmɛ trɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to meter or poetic measure.
2.
composed in meter or verse.
3.
pertaining to measurement.
Also, metric.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin metric(us) (see metric2) + -al1
Related forms
metrically, adverb
metricism
[me-truh-siz-uh m] /ˈmɛ trəˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
metricity
[me-tris-i-tee, mi-] /mɛˈtrɪs ɪ ti, mɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonmetrical, adjective
nonmetrically, adverb
unmetrical, adjective
unmetrically, adverb
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Examples for metrical
  • Speech has its own rhythm, but it doesn't have the fixed metrical quality of music.
  • He had written boyish verses, such as write, and the constant practice in metrical translation had perfected his poetical form.
  • The first, second and fifth lines feature three, similar metrical feet.
  • The third and fourth feature two similar metrical feet.
  • His metrical version of that author has many touches of true poetry.
  • His theories concerning metrical modulation and structural logic have engaged the attention of our younger composers.
  • Non-metric approaches may not be as dependent on image quality as their metrical counterparts.
  • The old cowboy poetry always rhymed, and was marked by a heavy metrical pattern that matched the cadence of riding horseback.
British Dictionary definitions for metrical

metrical

/ˈmɛtrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to measurement
2.
of or in poetic metre
Derived Forms
metrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for metrical
adj.

"pertaining to versification," early 15c., from Latin metricus "metrical," from Greek metrikos "of or for meter, metrical," from metron "poetic meter" (see meter (n.2)). Old English had meterlic in this sense.

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