from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the meter or the metric system: U.S. Customary units and their metric equivalents.
- n. A standard of measurement.
- n. Mathematics A geometric function that describes the distances between pairs of points in a space.
- adj. Of or relating to distance.
- n. Poetic meter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or relating to the metric system of measurement
- adj. of or relating to the meter of a piece of music.
- adj. Of or relating to distance
- n. A measure for something; a means of deriving a quantitative measurement or approximation for otherwise qualitative phenomena (especially used in Software Engineering)
- n. A measurement of the "distance" between two points in some metric space: it is a real-valued function d(x,y) between points x and y satisfying the following properties: (1) "positive definiteness": and , (2) "symmetry": , and (3) "triangle inequality": .
- v. To measure or analyse statistical data concerning the quality or effectiveness of a process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the meter as a standard of measurement; of or pertaining to the decimal system of measurement of which a meter is the unit
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Quantitative; involving or relating to measures of distance, especially in different directions. See geometry.
- Having meter or poetic rhythm; pertaining to meter or to metrics; metrical.
- n. Same as metrics.
- Pertaining to that system of weights and measures of which the meter is the fundamental unit.
- See gram.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds)
- n. a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them
- n. a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
- adj. based on the meter as a standard of measurement
- adj. the rhythmic arrangement of syllables
Maybe the way to get the US to convert to metric is to start using the proper name for the "English" weights and measures system: "British Imperial Units".
The game could be played in the reverse, where the metric is the number of people you see singing along/tapping feet/dancing.
Look, I'm agnostic on whether this 'metric' is accurate, or whether an entirely non-subjective metric of freedom is even possible.
I think the distances being metric is probably more of a problem for a short term visitor than it is for those of us that live here.
The only relevant $$$ metric is the net FDIC liability vs. the public $$$$ required to restore solvency.
Why couldn't ESMD have simply directed that things be done in metric in the first place - in compliance with NASA's own regulations (note the OIG report from 2001 years before Constellation was even started).
TFP, or total factor productivity, is a key long-term metric, capturing technological and managerial efficiencies that the Conference Board believes have accounted for about a quarter of total global output growth in recent years.
The metric is percent of total unemployed that are unemployed for longer than 1 year.
Also metric is much easier to calculate than the “English” system.
The first, and most obvious metric is “subsidy dollar costs vs. GHG emissions reduced”.