metric system


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n metric system a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and the kilogram and the second
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The metric system was to blame for the loss of the Mars Climate orbiter.
    • n Metric system A system of weights and measures originating in France, the use of which is required by law in many countries, and permitted in many others, including the United States; the system is also called by its French name, Le Système International de Unitésabbreviated SI). The principal unit of length is the metersee Meter). From this are formed the are, the liter, the stere, the gram, etc. These units, and others derived from them, are divided decimally, and larger units are formed from multiples by 10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000. The successive multiplies are designated by the prefixes, deka-formerly deca-), hecto- kilo-, and myria-seldom used); successive parts by deci- centi-, and milli-. The prefixes mega- and micro- are used to denote a multiple by one million, and the millionth part, respectively; giga- and nano- denote multiples of one billion (1,000,000,000) and one billionth, respectively. The prefix for one trillion (1012) is tera, and for one trillionth (10-12) is pico; for one quintillion (1015 peta, and for (10-15) (one quintillionthfemto; for (10-18 atto. See the words formed with these prefixes in the Vocabulary. For metric tables, see p. 1682.
    • Metric system See metric system in the vocabulary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Metric system the French system of weights and measures, founded on the French mètre—dividing or multiplying by ten, and therefore a decimal system
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In literature:

They had a developed metrical system, and were especially fond of the drama.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
France, for example, has the metric system.
"The Children's Six Minutes" by Bruce S. Wright
Is our metric system neutral?
"International Conference Held at Washington for the Purpose of Fixing a Prime Meridian and a Universal Day. October, 1884." by Various
The French Metric System.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
Bulgaria, like the neighbouring states of the Peninsula, has adopted the metric system.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The length of ten meters in the metric system.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Until the introduction of the French metrical system this measurement was used in Austria.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1" by Henry Baerlein
Metric System in Coins, The, 328.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
"Are we Ruined by the Germans?" by Harold Cox
Vowel assonances are recognized in (amongst others) the Spanish and Scandinavian metrical systems.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The dollar is not only the unity of the monetary system; it is also the unity of the metrical system.
"Jonathan and His Continent" by Max O'Rell
The metric system of weights and measures is the legal one.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
When will the world be wise enough to unite in adopting the French metrical and monetary systems?
"Man and Nature" by George P. Marsh
The metric system of weights and measures has been adopted, but the old Spanish standards remain in general use.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various
It was only gradually that in its totality of coins the French monetary system was made to conform to the metric system thus established.
"The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896" by William Arthur Shaw
"Early Days in North Queensland" by Edward Palmer
Did she know the metric system?
"The Devourers" by Annie Vivanti Chartres
Other tables in the metric system are built upon the same plan.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
Divisions of scale on metric and English systems.
"Practical Exercises in Elementary Meteorology" by Robert DeCourcy Ward

In news:

The new recycling system is to be designed for a daily throughput of 150 metric tons of liquid metal, which will be produced entirely from aluminum scrap.
Wynne Systems Achieve ARA Rental Market Metrics Certification.
Wynne Systems, Irvine, Calif, is the first software company serving the equipment rental industry to achieve ARA Rental Market Metrics certification from the American Rental Association ( ARA ).
Members regularly write to government agencies urging metric-system adoption.
Hard Lessons At the Olympics, Like The Metric System .
Commonly (in the US, anyway) referred to as the " metric system ," this system of measures is used by the vast majority of Earth's 6.87 BILLION people.
It would be to our benefit if we jumped over to the clearly superior and simpler-to-use metric system .
How Do We Measure Up To The Metric System .
It's obvious that the transition to the metric system in the United States is not zooming along.
The scientific and medical communities work exclusively in the metric system.
THINK for a minute about the agonies that Americans anticipated when the country was faced with the prospect of conversion to the metric system, in the 1970s.
A teacher at Sakai Intermediate School won a grant for her use of Lego robots to teach sixth-graders about the metric system, engineering, computer programming and more.
Considering the difficulty, length, cost, risk, and project metric failure rate of legacy replacement initiatives, more insurers should consider future-proofing strategies that leverage legacy systems over mere modernization.
Dan Tangherlini wants metrics for success on repairing the System for Award Management.
Andy rants on how useless the metric system is.

In science:

Assume that {ξr }r=1,t ⊂ X (N ) is an orthonormal system of vector fields with respect to the Riemannian metric ψij on N .
Harmonic Maps between Generalized Lagrange Spaces
As above, we assume that the system {Ar }r=1,t of 1-forms is orthonormal with respect to the metric ϕαβ and we choose an arbitrary unit vector field X ∈ X (N ).
Harmonic Maps between Generalized Lagrange Spaces
This exactly coincides, up to an overall scale, with the nontrivial part of the metric of the KK-Melvin in a coordinate system shown in , with qR = 1/n modulo integer.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
We will consider systems in M = R4n (with standard euclidean metric), and standard (say positive type) hypersymplectic structure; as the hyperkahler structure induces in this case a quaternionic structure, we will speak of quaternionic oscil lators.
Hyperhamiltonian dynamics
Mirza et al. also propose the number of people connected by a jump as an evaluation metric for recommender systems (see Section 5).
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
All groups considered in the sequel will be finitely generated and a system of generators determines a word metric on the group.
A refinement of the simple connectivity at infinity of groups
In cases when the physical system is described by a parametric family of probability distributions one can construct a Riemannian metric over this probability space - information metric.
Information theory and generalized statistics
Let {xµ} be a local coordinate system covering both sides of the hypersuface N in terms of which the components of the metric tensor are continuous across N .
Singular Hypersurfaces in Einstein--Gauss--Bonnet Theory of Gravitation
Consider any coordinate system in a neighborhood of θ0 , with the origin at θ0 , such that the metric tensor at θ0 is an identity tensor.
Correlations between zeros of non-Gaussian random polynomials
In fact, let (X, φ) be a dynamical system, where X is a compact metric space and φ is a homeomorphism of X .
$C^\ast$-algebras from Anzai flows and their $K$-groups
These elements define a Hamiltonian system on (T ∗Q, ω ) with Hamiltonian given by H : T ∗Q → R, H (αq ) = 1 2 hhαq , αq iiT ∗Q + V (q), where αq ∈ T ∗ q Q and hh·, ·iiT ∗ Q is the vector bundle metric on T ∗Q induced by the Riemannian metric of Q.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
In that case, gµν would be simply the components of the Lorentz metric η transformed to the coordinate system {xµ }.
Spin and Anholonomy in General Relativity
As is well known (see ) by changing the time parameter t, metric g , and linear connection K (covariant derivative ∇) one can reduce a Hamiltonian system to a geodesic one.
Geometry of Dynamical Systems
Ramaguera, The Hausdorff fuzzy metric on compact sets, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, in press. R.
On the Intuitionistic fuzzy topological (metric and normed) spaces
We shall therefore refer to it as a “topical” deformed metric, because it is supposed to be valid not everywhere, but only in a suitable (local) spacetime region (characteristic of both the system and the interaction considered).
Killing symmetries of generalized Minkowski spaces. 1-Algebraic-infinitesimal structure of space-time rotation groups