Definition of metrical in US English:

metrical

adjective

  • 1Relating to or composed in poetic meter.

    ‘metrical translations of the Psalms’
    • ‘He could compose in a metrical pattern that followed strict conventions.’
    • ‘Both he and Frost advocated the use of natural diction, and of colloquial speech rhythms in metrical verse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the pioneers of free verse, D. H. Lawrence stands out as one who, though gifted in metrical verse, is happier without meter.’
    • ‘The verse form with its metrical demands, while it aided memorization, led to greater obscurity of expression than prose composition would have entailed.’
    • ‘Lefevere, though, very simply overstates the case regarding the relative function and desirability of rhymed, metrical translation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Ancient Greek poetry, poets used epithets to make names fit the metrical patterns they composed within.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other phonic features are added to the basic metrical pattern of verse, with or without rhyme.’
    • ‘What, then, was the early modern experience of metrical rhythm?’
    • ‘They consist of metrical, continuous verse (or at least mixed verse and prose) and divide not into chapters and sections but, naturally, into verses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walsh's metrical translations mirrored the assonance of the originals.’
    in verse, verse, rhythmical
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  • 2Of or involving measurement.

    ‘a metrical analysis of male and female scapulae’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One's admiration for this haunting and beautifully cadenced lament is likely to increase when we submit it to metrical analysis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The morphological and metrical analyses indicate that all the studied material should be assigned to a single species.’
    • ‘He combined topological and metrical methods to attack problems of real analysis.’
    • ‘Has the regulation been made metrical now, or not?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Emphasize that the measure's metrical structure is of primary importance and should be solidified before the ornaments are added.’
    pulsing, with a steady pulse, rhythmical, measured, throbbing, beating, pulsating, cadenced, lilting, repeated, periodic, regular, steady, even, paced
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek metrikos (from metron: see metre)+ -al.

Pronunciation

metrical

/ˈmetrək(ə)l//ˈmɛtrək(ə)l/