• WordNet 3.6
    • n metrics the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There has only been 193,000 metric tonnes of gold discovered to date.
    • n metrics The philosophical and mathematical theory of measurement.
    • n metrics The art of versification.
    • n metrics The science or doctrine which treats of rhythm in language and its employment in poetic composition. Both as an art and as a science metrics is a branch of rhythmics, and relates to rhythm in language as music or harmonics does to musical rhythm, and orchestics (regarded as an art or science by the ancients) to rhythm in the movements of the body. It is a distinct science from grammar in its proper sense, the only department of which approaching metrics is that called prosody—that is, the study of quantity or the determination of longs and shorts in spoken language. As a matter of convenience grammars have added to this elementary or empiric treatises on versification, and so in traditional and popular usage prosody is made equivalent to metrics. In metrical composition the unit is the time (mora) or the syllabic. In the nomenclature of modern metrics syllables combine into feet or measures, these into lines, and lines into stanzas or strophes. In the more exact and complete terminology of ancient metrics times or syllables combine into feet or measures, measures into cola,lines (verses), or periods, periods into systems or strophes, strophes into pericopes, and lines, periods, systems, or pericopes into poems. Also metric.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows release 50 million metric tonnes of methane gas a year.
    • Metrics the art or science of versification
    • Metrics the theory of measurement
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In literature:

It seems to me that too much has been written against it on the score of its metrical rudeness.
"Life of Robert Browning" by William Sharp
In January, 1874, he made a metrical version of the third ode of Horace's first book.
"From Canal Boy to President" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
With Metrical English Translation.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
L General works, Metrics.
"A Library Primer" by John Cotton Dana
Chapters on Greek Metric.
"Mr. Edward Arnold's New and Popular Books, December, 1901"
If we may be allowed to change feet, like the old comic writers, it will not be easy to write a line not metrical.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
Sir Tristrem: a metrical romance of the thirteenth century, by Thomas of Ercildoune, called the Rhymer.
"Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature" by Margaret Ball
Ellis' Metrical Romances, 100.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
The performance is a metrical composition, in stanzas of eleven verses.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Is Mr Kipling's poetry the result of an urgent need for a metrical utterance?
"Rudyard Kipling" by John Palmer
The popularity obtained by the ballad of "Auld Robin Gray" has seldom been exceeded in the history of any other metrical composition.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I." by Various
Introducing a metrical Picture of the most remarkable Single Combat on Record.
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3" by Robert H. Newell
Its line division has neither a metrical nor a logical significance that exists objectively.
"Colors of Life" by Max Eastman
A satisfactory metrical rendering is out of the question.
"French Classics" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
The metrical effects of his later poems, as well as the studies of character, are sometimes suggestive of Browning.
"The Age of Tennyson" by Hugh Walker
The literary history of this Anglo-Saxon metrical romance is too remarkable to be omitted.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
Accurate copies of this and other metric standards are also kept at the Bureau of Standards at Washington, D. C. Fig.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
His epistles and lighter pieces, in particular, display his metrical ease and facility to perfection.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1" by Various
There were other metrical versions of various parts of the Bible.
"The Greatest English Classic" by Cleland Boyd McAfee
It is full of most absurd verbal conceits and metrical extravagances.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

The metre wild, the metre wild,
How many an eve I loiter where,
By its sweet melody beguiled,
I muse on nature's charms and share
Her metrical symposium.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Oh think of your friends,--they are waiting to hear
Those jokes that are thought so remarkably queer;
And all the Jack Horners of metrical buns
Are prying and fingering to pick out the puns.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A Metrical Address recited on the one hundredth anniversary of
the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown on invitation
of a joint committee of the Senate and House of the United
States Congress.
"Arms And The Man - Prologue" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Breathing Underwater Metric Listen Live.
ROME — By at least one amusing new metric, Michelangelo's unofficial 500-year run at the top of the Italian art charts has ended.
The outlook reflects Avon 's continued poor operating results and weak credit metrics, S&P said.
Accidents continue to happen because too many owner/operators still use injuries and fatalities as the predominant metric for safe operation.
Available in SAE or metric, in sizes from 3" (76 mm) to 18" (457 mm).
Available in inch and metric sizes.
Summit Backyard Bash, Metric, and more.
As Medicare officials mull which physician quality metrics to make public starting in 2013, gains from the program's Hospital Compare website are deemed modest.
The product line includes a pen-size 25x scope with pocket clip and a metric measurement glass reticle.
Concerned former DOD officials call for greater use of cybersecurity metrics.
However, once placed into the world of profit and loss, the metrics for success become much more quantifiable and clear.
21 metrics to figure why your head won't leave your head alone.
Canadian synth-pop band Metric is the opposite of an overnight success story.
Canadian indie rock band Metric will perform on Dec 3, 2012 at the Roseland Theater.
Revision of C1504M - 04(2010) Standard Specification for Manufacture of Precast Reinforced Concrete Three-Sided Structures for Culverts and Storm Drains ( Metric ).

In science:

The Hodge bundle carries a natural Hermitian metric hW P (Ωz ∧ ωτ , Ωz ∧ ωτ ) = ZX×T 2 Ωz ∧ ωτ ∧ Ωz ∧ ωτ known as the Weil-Petersson metric, and an associated metric (Chern) connection by ∇W P .
Counting String Vacua
Here, it was shown that the usual Higgs mechanism involving the metric does not occur. This is because the mass term that is generated by covariant derivatives involves the connection, which consists of derivatives of the metric and not the metric itself.
Nambu-Goldstone Modes in Gravitational Theories with Spontaneous Lorentz Breaking
In QGGR, space-time is always flat and space-time metric is always Minkowski metric, so gαβ and gαβ are no longer space-time metric.
Equation of Motion of a Spinning Test Particle in Gravitational Field
Einstein) metric coincides with the six-dimensional part of the (string frame) metric above (because the would be six-dimensional dilaton φ6 = Φ − 1 4 ln detgM 4 , where gM 4 is the metric on the compact space, is constant).
Holographic anatomy of fuzzballs
The initial family of metrics are local Einstein metrics, and in the limit one obtains a local family of Sasaki-Einstein metrics.
New Results in Sasaki-Einstein Geometry
If f : S → S ′ is a continuous function mapping the metric space S into another metric space S ′ , then {f (Xn ) : n ≥ 1} is a tight sequence of random elements of the metric space S ′ .
Proofs of the martingale FCLT
The augmented Teichm¨uller space with the WP metric is a C AT (0) metric space (a complete, simply connected, generalized non positively curved space.) In particular (T , dW P ) is a length space, a metric space with unique distance-realizing paths (geodesics) between pairs of points.
The Weil-Petersson metric geometry
The distance formula prefigures the approximation that the WP metric in a neighborhood of S (σ) compares to the product of the (lower dimensional) WP metric on S (σ) and a universal metric for the normal bundle.
The Weil-Petersson metric geometry
For the case of the broken diffeomorphisms. it was shown that the conventional Higgs mechanism involving the metric does not occur.1 This is because the mass term that is generated by covariant derivatives involves the connection, which consists of derivatives of the metric and not the metric itself.
Nambu-Goldstone and Massive Modes in Gravitational Theories with Spontaneous Lorentz Breaking
Then G can be viewed as a metric space using the wordlength metric with respect to either generating set; we write (G, X ) for G viewed as a metric space using length with respect to X .
Convexity properties of Thompson's group F
In particular, one can read off a topological space as target space together with two conformally equivalent Riemannian metrics on it, one the target space metric and the other the dilaton-corrected metric.
Decoding the geometry of conformal field theories
In the Kerr metric at the infinity the conformal factor becomes Θ → 1, thus the metric becomes Minkowski metric, which satisfy the asymptotically flat.
The Kerr black hole and rotating black string by intersecting M-branes
Finally, we have seen in Section 2 that several classical metrics on probability distributions can be written as maximum mean discrepancies with function classes that are not Hilbert spaces, but rather Banach, metric, or semi-metric spaces.
A Kernel Method for the Two-Sample Problem
The metric on M is the DeWitt metric Gg (δg , δg) = ZΣ √g (Tr(δg2 ) − Tr(δg)2 )d3x (where δg ∈ TgM and the traces are taken with respect to g) and the potential is given by the scalar curvature of the Riemannian metric on Σ.
Cosmic Jerk, Snap and Beyond
In a region of Teichm¨uller space where the geodesics σ = {α} have small length the metric is almost the product of the metrics for the complex lines {λα , J λα } and the tangential metric for the boundary space T (σ) = {ℓα = 0, α ∈ σ} in the augmented Teichm¨uller space T .
Understanding Weil-Petersson curvature