What does metric mean?

Definitions for metric
ˈmɛ trɪkmet·ric

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metric function, metricnoun

    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, metricnoun

    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, metricadjective

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

  4. metric, metricaladjective

    based on the meter as a standard of measurement

    "the metric system"; "metrical equivalents"

  5. measured, metrical, metricadjective

    the rhythmic arrangement of syllables


  1. metricnoun

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

  2. metricnoun

    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. metricverb

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

  4. metricadjective

    of or relating to the metric system of measurement

  5. metricadjective

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

  6. metricadjective

    Of or relating to distance

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


  1. metric

    A metric is a system or standard of measurement used to quantify or evaluate certain characteristics or properties. This could be in various fields like mathematics, where it's a function defining distance between points, physics or computer science. It could also refer to indicators in business or economics to assess performance or progress, or factors in medicine to gauge health or functionality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metricadjective

    relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement

  2. Metricadjective

    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. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. metric

    A known system of measurement.

    The metric system has its own system of measurements.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

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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

Examples of metric in a Sentence

  1. Steve Jurczyk:

    We go to that high altitude because it simulates the atmospheric conditions on Mars, mars has a very thin atmosphere. With current space technologies, NASA can land about 1 metric tonne, or 2,200 pounds on the surface of Mars, roughly equivalent to the Curiosity Rover’s weight.

  2. Paul Trusten:

    It's a matter of safety, not a matter of symbolic internationalism or anything like that, if we get rid of the other units, the pounds and the inches, and we measure everybody in metric units only, then the number of medication errors that we've been experiencing would be massively reduced.

  3. Chris Roberts:

    Cameroon in every way, shape or form is getting worse by the day in every metric, this regime has dismantled whatever foundations it had for a stable economy.

  4. Danielle Atkinson:

    If we teach a generation of young people that, after the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and all of the events of the 1860s, attempts to integrate free people failed and there were repressive laws enacted that weren't repealed for almost a century, then we're going to have different conversations, we're going to have historical context for why the country is the way it is, instead of thinking that the fact that Black people are at the bottom of every metric is indicative of our deficit or our inferiority.

  5. Chris Gabehart:

    I just can’t think of a better place to win, certainly our team has been really capable all year long. Every metric other than the win column has been astounding for our team. It’s really been our best year together thus far. You stay up front as much as we have, the wins are going to finally come. They’re coming at the right time.

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