metric

If something’s metric, it’s related to a system that uses the meter as a basic measurement. If someone says they'll sell you 3 meters of silk, then you know that the metric system is being used.

The word metric traces back to the French word métriquei, from mèter. The word is most often used to describe a widely used system of measurement based on the meter, called the metric system. Metric can describe the system as well as things related to the metric system. If your science teacher asks you to measure an object using metric units, you’ll be using centimeters and millimeters, rather than inches or feet. In music, metric refers to the rhythmic measures.

Primary Meanings of metric

1.
adjn
based on the meter as a standard of measurement
a decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds)
2.
n
a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
3.
adj
the rhythmic arrangement of syllables
4.
n
a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them
Full Definitions of metric
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adj based on the meter as a standard of measurement

“the metric system”
Synonyms:
metrical

n 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
Synonyms:
metric unit
Types:
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metric capacity unit
a capacity unit defined in metric terms
metric linear unit
a linear unit of distance in metric terms
metric weight unit, weight unit
a decimal unit of weight based on the gram
cubic millimeter, cubic millimetre
a metric measure of volume or capacity equal to a cube 1 millimeter on each edge
cc, cubic centimeter, cubic centimetre, mil, milliliter, millilitre, ml
a metric unit of volume equal to one thousandth of a liter
centiliter, centilitre, cl
a metric unit of volume equal to one hundredth of a liter
deciliter, decilitre, dl
a metric unit of volume equal to one tenth of a liter
cubic decimeter, cubic decimetre, l, liter, litre
a metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water under standard conditions; now equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters (or approximately 1.75 pints)
dal, decaliter, decalitre, dekaliter, dekalitre, dkl
a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 10 liters
hectoliter, hectolitre, hl
a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 100 liters
cubic meter, cubic metre, kiloliter, kilolitre
a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 1000 liters
cubic kilometer, cubic kilometre
a unit of capacity equal to the volume of a cube one kilometer on each edge
femtometer, femtometre, fermi
a metric unit of length equal to one quadrillionth of a meter
micromicron, picometer, picometre
a metric unit of length equal to one trillionth of a meter
A, angstrom, angstrom unit
a metric unit of length equal to one ten billionth of a meter (or 0.0001 micron); used to specify wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation
micromillimeter, micromillimetre, millimicron, nanometer, nanometre, nm
a metric unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter
micrometer, micron
a metric unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter
millimeter, millimetre, mm
a metric unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter
centimeter, centimetre, cm
a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter
decimeter, decimetre, dm
a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter
m, meter, metre
the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
dam, decameter, decametre, dekameter, dekametre, dkm
a metric unit of length equal to ten meters
hectometer, hectometre, hm
a metric unit of length equal to 100 meters
kilometer, kilometre, klick, km
a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)
mym, myriameter, myriametre
a metric unit of length equal to 10,000 meters
mcg, microgram
one millionth (1/1,000,000) gram
mg, milligram
one thousandth (1/1,000) gram
nanogram, ng
one billionth (1/1,000,000,000) gram
grain, metric grain
a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
decigram, dg
1/10 gram
carat
a unit of weight for precious stones = 200 mg
g, gm, gram, gramme
a metric unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram
gram atom, gram-atomic weight
the quantity of an element whose weight in grams is numerically equal to the atomic weight of the element
gram molecule, mol, mole
the molecular weight of a substance expressed in grams; the basic unit of amount of substance adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
dag, decagram, dekagram, dkg
10 grams
hectogram, hg
100 grams
kg, kilo, kilogram
one thousand grams; the basic unit of mass adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
myg, myriagram
one ten thousandth of a centner
centner
in some European countries: a unit of weight equivalent to 50 kilograms
centner, doppelzentner, hundredweight, metric hundredweight
a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
quintal
a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
MT, metric ton, t, tonne
a unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kilograms
Type of:
unit, unit of measurement
any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
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n a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic

Synonyms:
system of measurement
Types:
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criterion, measure, standard, touchstone
a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
system of weights and measures
system of measurement for length and weight and duration
point system
a system of graduating sizes of type in multiples of the point
information measure
a system of measurement of information based on the probabilities of the events that convey information
utility
(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
Brix scale
a system for measuring the concentration of sugar solutions
circular measure
measurement of angles in radians
board measure
a system of units for measuring lumber based on the board foot
Beaufort scale
a scale from 0 to 12 for the force of the wind
system of weights, weight
a system of units used to express the weight of something
temperature scale
a system of measuring temperature
entropy, information, selective information
(communication theory) a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome
benchmark
a standard by which something can be measured or judged
ERA, earned run average
(baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched
GPA, grade point average
a measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted
procrustean bed, procrustean rule, procrustean standard
a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality
yardstick
a measure or standard used for comparison
medium of exchange, monetary system
anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region
British Imperial System, British system, English system
a system of weights and measures based on the foot and pound and second and pint
metric system
a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and the kilogram and the second
United States Customary System
the system of weights and measures based on the foot and pound and second and pint that dates back to colonial America but differs in some respects from the British Imperial System; today in the United States this system exists side by side with the SI system
bandwidth
a data transmission rate; the maximum amount of information (bits/second) that can be transmitted along a channel
baud, baud rate
(computer science) a data transmission rate (bits/second) for modems
marginal utility
(economics) the amount that utility increases with an increase of one unit of an economic good or service
avoirdupois, avoirdupois weight
a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
troy, troy weight
a system of weights used for precious metals and gemstones; based on a 12-ounce pound and an ounce of 480 grains
graduated table, ordered series, scale, scale of measurement
an ordered reference standard
Celsius scale, centigrade scale, international scale
a temperature scale that defines the freezing point of water as 0 degrees and the boiling point of water as 100 degrees
Fahrenheit scale
a temperature scale that defines the freezing point of water as 32 degrees and the boiling point of water a 212 degrees
Kelvin scale, absolute scale
a temperature scale that defines absolute zero as 0 degrees; water freezes at 273.16 degrees and boils at 373.16 degrees
Rankine scale
a scale of absolute temperature in Fahrenheit degrees; the freezing point of water is 491.69 degrees and the boiling point of water is 671.69 degrees
Reaumur scale
a temperature scale on which water freezes at 0 degrees and boils at 80 degrees
gauge, standard of measurement
accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
baseline
an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared
norm
a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical
Type of:
amount, measure, quantity
how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
3

adj the rhythmic arrangement of syllables

Synonyms:
measured, metrical
rhythmic, rhythmical
recurring with measured regularity
4

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

Synonyms:
metric function
Type of:
function, map, mapping, mathematical function, single-valued function
(mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)

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