Definition of metrical in English:



  • 1Relating to or composed in poetic metre.

    ‘metrical translations of the Psalms’
    • ‘Among the pioneers of free verse, D. H. Lawrence stands out as one who, though gifted in metrical verse, is happier without meter.’
    • ‘Both he and Frost advocated the use of natural diction, and of colloquial speech rhythms in metrical verse.’
    • ‘In Ancient Greek poetry, poets used epithets to make names fit the metrical patterns they composed within.’
    • ‘Lefevere, though, very simply overstates the case regarding the relative function and desirability of rhymed, metrical translation.’
    • ‘Textual criticism and emendation was the order of the day for scholars, with translation, prose and verse composition, and the study of metrical forms being the staple for students.’
    • ‘It was obvious to everyone except the old man that this was an entirely futile undertaking, and, when it was eventually published, the metrical translation of the Psalms received absolutely no acclaim whatever.’
    • ‘Walsh's metrical translations mirrored the assonance of the originals.’
    • ‘The rhythmic cadence of the poetry was not the iambic pentameter or other such metrical patterns but free verse with words scattered randomly across the printed page.’
    • ‘Bardic verse was part of an oral tradition defined by strict metrical patterns, combining original narrative with stock formulaic phrases, elaborate similes and extended digressions.’
    • ‘They consist of metrical, continuous verse (or at least mixed verse and prose) and divide not into chapters and sections but, naturally, into verses.’
    • ‘Bogan was not only a great metrical poet but one whose employment of both free verse and vers libéré provided her with enormous artistic power; she knew when, and how, to loosen out her line.’
    • ‘His position at court did not require Lawes to compose for the church, and his only surviving sacred music is a set of psalm settings, using the metrical translations of George Sandys.’
    • ‘Like jazz, rap extravagantly syncopates a flexible rhythm against a fixed metrical beat thereby turning a traditional English folk meter into something distinctively African-American.’
    • ‘The verse form with its metrical demands, while it aided memorization, led to greater obscurity of expression than prose composition would have entailed.’
    • ‘A hymn can be defined as an original composition by an author while a metrical psalm or paraphrase is an author's arrangement of an existing biblical text.’
    • ‘This enabled him to achieve a metrical translation of sixteen plays, including all the histories, which paid sensitive respect to the nuances of form as well as to semantic meaning.’
    • ‘Other phonic features are added to the basic metrical pattern of verse, with or without rhyme.’
    • ‘This same class was also called on to organize various forms of consensus, and especially to produce laudatory verses, metrical epitaphs, and celebrations of civic life to accompany festivals and other public events.’
    • ‘What, then, was the early modern experience of metrical rhythm?’
    • ‘He could compose in a metrical pattern that followed strict conventions.’
    in verse, verse, metrical, rhythmical
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  • 2Of or involving measurement.

    ‘a metrical analysis of male and female scapulae’
    • ‘Wrapped in layers of philosophy, history, metrical science and astrology, Kingsbury has also given us a closer look at the central premise of Asimov's trilogy: that what men can predict, men can control.’
    • ‘New and previously described material of the genus Atlantoxerus from the Aragonian type area in Spain are assigned to a single species, A. blacki, on the basis of metrical and morphological analyses.’
    • ‘In Bogdanowicz and Owen's analysis, 45 metrical and 30 discrete-state characters in 57 extant hipposiderid species were examined.’
    • ‘Narrative folk ballads of Mexican origin typically have regular metrical features such as rhyming quatrains and use traditional imagery.’
    • ‘Has the regulation been made metrical now, or not?’
    • ‘He combined topological and metrical methods to attack problems of real analysis.’
    • ‘The morphological and metrical analyses indicate that all the studied material should be assigned to a single species.’
    • ‘Emphasize that the measure's metrical structure is of primary importance and should be solidified before the ornaments are added.’
    • ‘One's admiration for this haunting and beautifully cadenced lament is likely to increase when we submit it to metrical analysis.’
    pulsing, with a steady pulse, rhythmical, metrical, measured, throbbing, beating, pulsating, cadenced, lilting, repeated, periodic, regular, steady, even, paced
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Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek metrikos (from metron: see metre)+ -al.