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# metric

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

• adj. Of or relating to the meter or the metric system: U.S. Customary units and their metric equivalents.
• n. A standard of measurement.
• n. Mathematics A geometric function that describes the distances between pairs of points in a space.
• adj. Of or relating to distance.
• n. Poetic meter.

• adj. of or relating to the metric system of measurement
• adj. of or relating to the meter of a piece of music.
• adj. Of or relating to distance
• n. A measure for something; a means of deriving a quantitative measurement or approximation for otherwise qualitative phenomena (especially used in Software Engineering)
• n. 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": .
• v. To measure or analyse statistical data concerning the quality or effectiveness of a process.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• adj. Relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement.
• 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

### from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

• Quantitative; involving or relating to measures of distance, especially in different directions. See geometry.
• Having meter or poetic rhythm; pertaining to meter or to metrics; metrical.
• n. Same as metrics.
• Pertaining to that system of weights and measures of which the meter is the fundamental unit.
• See gram.

• n. a decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds)
• n. a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them
• n. a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
• adj. based on the meter as a standard of measurement
• adj. the rhythmic arrangement of syllables

## Etymologies

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French métrique, from mètre, meter; see meter2.
From Latin metricus, relating to measurement; see metrical.
Greek (hē) metrikē (tekhnē), (the art) of meter, feminine of metrikos, relating to measurement; see metrical.

From French métrique (1864), from New Latin metricus ("pertaining to the system based on the meter"), from metrum ("a meter"); see meter.