• 1technical A system or standard of measurement.

    ‘the levels of branching are arbitrary and no precise metric is applied to distance between the nodes’
    • ‘If the metric does not meet standards, it might indicate a problem with training, or it might signal a significant problem that will affect the wing's performance.’
    • ‘That loss can be measured using standard metrics of compensating variation, equivalent variation, or consumer surplus using national demand functions.’
    • ‘The metric should also measure the degree to which the compliance system adopted by a company is effective beyond merely the regulatory requirements specific to FDA.’
    • ‘The two standard metrics for information retrieval are relevance and retrieval, i.e. what percentage of all the good stuff you get back.’
    • ‘This means that worst-case measurements of system metrics are the only thing that matters to a hard real-time application, because these are the cases that cause a missed deadline.’
    1. 1.1metrics (in business) a set of figures or statistics that measure results.
      • ‘But taking the sector as a whole, performance on all of the key metrics has been dire.’
      • ‘The review also shows that in most cases the growth in these metrics far exceeds the growth in their loan books.’
      • ‘These are the types of metrics clients will demand.’
      • ‘You provide that evidence by going through the metrics of the sales process.’
      • ‘It's one of the great metrics of a successful business.’
      • ‘No doubt, the combination of money and smart metrics is tough to beat.’
      • ‘We see an up tick in the metrics we use to evaluate the amount of potential business in our pipeline.’
      • ‘Finally, abandoning value metrics is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
      • ‘Embracing value-based metrics fully means taking the time to adjust their inner workings to fit your company's needs.’
      • ‘Substituting low-quality performance metrics for value metrics represents a step in the wrong direction.’
      • ‘Few managers, it's safe to say, spent much time thinking about metrics or best practices.’
      • ‘Another hospital chain honing its use of metrics is New Delhi-based Fortis.’
    2. 1.2Physics Mathematics A binary function of a topological space which gives, for any two points of the space, a value equal to the distance between them, or to a value treated as analogous to distance for the purpose of analysis.
      with modifier ‘the external structure of space–time is described by the Schwarzschild metric’
      • ‘The Robertson-Walker metric which Walker mentions in this quotation arose from joint work which he did with his colleague H P Robertson in the late 1930s.’
      • ‘On page three of this text (the first full page after the preface) the Schwarzchild metric is written down.’
      • ‘A Banach space is a real or complex normed vector space that is complete as a metric space under the metric induced by the norm.’
      • ‘We conclude that a trend analysis of median comet metrics from repeated experiments at different stress levels is certainly an efficient way to statistically demonstrate a genotoxic effect.’
      • ‘Weyl opened the way to the conformal differential geometry of Riemannian spaces in which one studies the properties of the spaces invariant under the so-called conformal transformation of the Riemannian metric.’
  • 2informal mass noun The metric system.

    ‘it's easier to work in metric’
    • ‘Do you remember what happened as soon as we went metric?’
    • ‘I've yet to find one customer to ask for anything in metric, and you can ask any customer I serve and I do serve a lot of customers.’
    • ‘But for most people, metric is just an irritation which they overcome.’
    • ‘Burt took a deep breath and launched into a lengthy explanation of the technicalities of the game, which seems to involve yards and other things I thought the EU made illegal when we all went metric.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, the Repubic of Ireland successfully converted its signs to metric without any significant problems.’
    • ‘However, a spokesman for the Department for Transport said: ‘The derogation says we will go to metric when we choose a date.’’
    • ‘They use metric here in Japan, though, so ‘centimeters towards meaningful democracy’ would be more correct, but in reality the change is closer to micrometric.’
    • ‘There was one when Stella compared the initial feeling of losing her memory to what it was like to live in Canada around the time that it suddenly switched to metric.’
    • ‘In or about July, 2005, you're going to go metric.’
    • ‘No change in speeding: The new signs to control speed in metric has had little effect on the traffic passing through the town centre.’
    • ‘This increase may partly be due to the changeover to metric.’
    • ‘Like the inhabitants of small villages in Surrey, I don't do metric.’
    • ‘And in line with already-announced changes, road signs displaying limits in miles-per-hour will go metric nationwide within the next 12 months.’
    • ‘You try to think how much fabric you will need, translating shapes into metres, or in my case, yards which I then convert to metric.’
    • ‘We are not against metric, but against the enforcement of it in this country.’
    • ‘He was also president of the York Chamber of Trade and as far back as the 1940s was keen to see Britain going metric, as he felt it would help the country in all ways in the long-term.’
    • ‘I found myself constantly doing the mental trick I did in Austraila, where in my head, I pre-scan every word I am about to say, looking for any mentions of numerical data that would have to be converted to metric.’
    • ‘As Evening Press correspondents continue to mull over metric's efficiencies and deficiencies, we decided to look back at how the paper had covered the changeover from imperial in the Seventies.’
    • ‘Oh, I never learned metric… what's that in inches?’
    • ‘The only sensible solution is to complete the changeover to metric, and as swiftly and cleanly as possible.’


  • The metre of a poem.

    • ‘This feature was reflected in the development of Anglo-Irish metrics and was first felt through the rhythms of folksongs.’
    • ‘So the initial fourteen verses of To Saxham make plain when one considers them in light of more than metrics.’
    • ‘What Pound did in this text was to construct a Well-Tempered Prosody to exercise his mastery of metrics and diction.’
    • ‘The need for flexibility also interferes with simple metrics.’
    • ‘Hopkins and Whitman appropriately shared a metric that suited their commitment to the natural.’
    • ‘But in any century, syllabic romance metrics engage the ear while Latin quantitative metrics engage the mind.’
    • ‘Wyatt has left us poems whose ‘flexibility and intricacy’ arises from their adherence to music rather than metrics, and Bunting seized on them as a means to invigorate his own lines.’
    • ‘Justice's most obvious technical accomplishments involved not metrics but stanzaic forms and repetition.’
    • ‘Here, as in Harper's later volumes, musical rhythm replaces traditional metrics in the poetry without sacrificing craft.’