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metrics

[me-triks] /ˈmɛ trɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the science of meter.
2.
the art of metrical composition.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; see metric2, -ics

-metrics

1.
a combining form with the meaning “the science of measuring” that specified by the initial element:
biometrics; econometrics.
Origin
see -metric, -ics

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
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
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Examples from the web for metrics
  • The narrow-minded focus on attendance in your article reflects an outdated view of museum metrics.
  • He introduced merit pay for public workers and performance metrics for state agencies.
  • Human behavior unfortunately is a poor scale for balanced objectivity and metrics.
  • And in the science world the metrics include publications and citations.
  • And our new home is already delivering optimal metrics.
  • There is a vast universe of personal metrics to capture.
  • Few metrics are as critical to re-election as the employment rate.
  • Unfortunately, the chosen metrics do not always offer an accurate picture of our campuses.
  • In fact, you should maintain metrics and prove with verifiable data that you are worthy to be an authority on any point made.
  • Refinement and improvement of emission metrics would be an ongoing overlay process.
British Dictionary definitions for metrics

metrics

/ˈmɛtrɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (prosody) the art of using poetic metre

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 metrics
n.

"study of meter," 1892, variant of metric (n.); also see -ics.

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)).

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metrics in Medicine

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

-metrics suff.
The application of statistics and mathematical analysis to a field of study: biometrics.

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