What does metric mean?

Definitions for metricˈmɛ trɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word metric.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. metric function, metric(noun)

    a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them

  2. metric unit, metric(noun)

    a decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds)

    "convert all the measurements to metric units"; "it is easier to work in metric"

  3. system of measurement, metric(adj)

    a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic

  4. metric, metrical(adj)

    based on the meter as a standard of measurement

    "the metric system"; "metrical equivalents"

  5. measured, metrical, metric(adj)

    the rhythmic arrangement of syllables


  1. metric(Noun)

    A measure for something; a means of deriving a quantitative measurement or approximation for otherwise qualitative phenomena (especially used in Software Engineering)

  2. metric(Noun)

    A measurement of the "distance" between two points in some metric space: it is a real-valued function d(x,y) between points x and y satisfying the following properties: (1) "positive definiteness": and , (2) "symmetry": , and (3) "triangle inequality": .

  3. metric(Verb)

    To measure or analyse statistical data concerning the quality or effectiveness of a process.

  4. metric(Adjective)

    of or relating to the metric system of measurement

  5. metric(Adjective)

    of or relating to the meter of a piece of music.

  6. metric(Adjective)

    Of or relating to distance

  7. Origin: From métrique (1864), from metricus, from metrum; see meter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metric(adj)

    relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement

  2. Metric(adj)

    of or pertaining to the meter as a standard of measurement; of or pertaining to the decimal system of measurement of which a meter is the unit; as, the metric system; a metric measurement

  3. Origin: [L. metricus, Gr. : cf. F. mtrique. See Meter rhythm.]


  1. Metric

    Metric is a Canadian indie rock band founded in 1998 in Toronto. They were also at various times been based in Montreal, London, New York City and Los Angeles. The band consists of Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key. The band started in 1998 as a duo formed by Haines and Shaw. Initially, the duo's name was Mainstream. After releasing an EP titled Mainstream EP, they changed the band's name to Metric, after a sound that was programmed by Shaw on his keyboard in 1998. In 2001, Winstead and Scott-Key joined them. Haines and Shaw also perform with the band Broken Social Scene. In 1996, Haines has released the album Cut in Half and Also Double. Under Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton moniker, she released in 2006 the studio album Knives Don't Have Your Back, followed in 2007 by the EP What Is Free to a Good Home?. Emily Haines has been a guest on albums by artists like Stars, KC Accidental, The Stills, Jason Collett, The Crystal Method and Tiësto. Shaw issued the studio album Life on the Clock in 1997. Scott-Key and Winstead have their own side project, Bang Lime.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Metric

    met′rik, adj. quantitative.—adj. Met′rical, pertaining to measurement.—n.pl. Met′rics, the theory of measurement.—ns. Met′rograph, an apparatus for registering the speed of a railway-train and the places and duration of stops; Metrol′ogy, the science of weights and measures; Met′ronome, an instrument like an inverted pendulum which measures musical time.—adj. Metronom′ic.—n. Metron′omy, measurement of time by a metronome.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metric in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metric in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lincoln Chafee:

    Let's be bold -- let's join the rest of the world and go metric.

  2. Shyam Rajan:

    Valuations are very attractive. Breakevens are still cheap by any metric.

  3. Steve Jurczyk:

    With this LDSD technology we hope to land about five metric tonnes, that will enable more capable robotic missions.

  4. Sandra Minuitti:

    Many donors have this unreasonable expectation that CEOs should volunteer their time, salaries shouldn't be the only metric.

  5. Dave Barry:

    Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet.

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