American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The use or study of metrical structures in verse; prosody.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The philosophical and mathematical theory of measurement.
- n. The art of versification.
- n. 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.
- n. Plural form of metric.
- n. the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
“Quite obvious that the wrong kind of metrics is used.”
“The [Microsoft] board should have set a timer on Ballmer's tenure and said 'if we don't start seeing certain metrics then we're going to find a replacement for you,'" Kay says.”
“Senior officials said the "meat" of the work on the metrics is complete and that a draft has been sent to key members of Congress for their input.”
“If only we'd had poetry sessions in 'metrics 4 last year.”
“We had questions about adding in metrics, stats, to use both for reporting and keeping funders/bosses happy and for diagnostics - to e.g. find out which areas of the collection are being queried, what people are finding interesting. github repository as place to register open tables to make them discoverable.”
“From your Analytics account, locate your TV Campaign metrics from the AdWords drop down under Traffic Sources on the left navigation bar.”
“One reason I keep metrics is that it keeps me honest about how much work I am doing and how much time I need to do it in.”
“Leadership by Rudolph Giuliani, The Turnaround by William Bratton and Peter Knobler, and Moneyball by Michael Lewis — these three books explain metrics-based management, a key to 21st century government, which I write about in Real Change.”
“• Observations are important, but metrics is what validates conclusions.”
“Just seems to me that busting a metric for reliability when all you have are unreliable metrics is an odd thing to do.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘metrics’.
Words that, for various reasons, I wish we could do without.
measuring; having a particular measure
Quality, Cost, and Delivery is the keys to create anything. The QCD activity is an effective method to improve these 3 points continually.
Entries from the corporate hall of shame. (There are many wordie versions of this list - please link to yours in the comments section - thanks!)
Looking for tweets for metrics.