Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or composed in poetic meter: metrical verse; five metrical units in a line.
  • adj. Of or relating to measurement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. relating to poetic meter
  • adj. having a regular rhythm
  • adj. of or pertaining to measurement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the meter; arranged in meter; consisting of verses.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to measurement; , are metrical terms; esp., of or pertaining to the metric system.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to measurement, or the use of weights and measures; employed in or determined by measuring: as, a metrical unit, of length or quantity; the metrical systems of the ancients.
  • Pertaining to or characterized by poetical measure or rhythm; written in verse; metric: as, metrical terms; the metrical psalms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. based on the meter as a standard of measurement
  • adj. the rhythmic arrangement of syllables

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin metricus, from Greek metrikos, from metron, measure, poetic meter; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Apart from the many faults of interpretation all of the metrical translations of the Nibelungenlied here enumerated are defective in one all-important respect: they do not reproduce the poem in its _metrical form_.

    The Nibelungenlied Translated into Rhymed English Verse in the Metre of the Original

  • To all of them the term metrical prayer rather than hymn should be applied.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • ML says: how is this not poetry? is it not “literature in metrical form”?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Sunday Song Lyric

  • One notebook page holds a doodled-in metrical pattern of dactyls, sketched at a diagonal, as if Bishop is quickly taking musical notation or tapping out a whole stanza of scansion:

    Paper Trail

  • That Alroy is written in metrical prose punctuated by what Disraeli called

    Schwarz 1 - Criticism - Critical Contexts

  • One special feature of the present version is the appearance, for the first time, in English metrical shape, preserving the external form and rhyme movement of the originals, of the whole of the poetry with which the Arabic text is so freely interspersed.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume I

  • It abounds in metrical faults, but is occasionally not without some rude spirit and some copiousness of fancy in the variation of the circumstances in the different combats of the hero Walther, prince of Aquitania.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Properly understood, this that they call the metrical test is doubtless, as they say, the surest or the sole sure key to one side of the secret of Shakespeare; but they will never understand it properly who propose to secure it by the ingenious device of numbering the syllables and tabulating the results of a computation which shall attest in exact sequence the quantity, order, and proportion of single and double endings, of rhyme and blank verse, of regular lines and irregular, to be traced in each play by the horny eye and the callous finger of a pedant.

    A Study of Shakespeare

  • A new system of weights and measures, known as the metrical, was planned, and a new mode of reckoning time was introduced.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • In spite of what I had better call my metrical precociousness, which I deal with in detail in a later chapter, I was exceedingly fond of outdoor sports of all sorts.

    The Adventure of Living

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