Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The science that deals with measurement.
  • noun A system of measurement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of weights and measures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The science of, or a system of, weights and measures; also, a treatise on the subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The science of weights and measures or of measurement.
  • noun countable A system of weights and measures.

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

  • noun the scientific study of measurement

Etymologies

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

[French métrologie, from Greek metrologiā, theory of ratios : metron, measure; see mē- in Indo-European roots + -logiā, -logy.]

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From Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "measure") + -logy.

Examples

  • In science, he is famous for many developments in metrology, astronomy and seismology.

    Lippmann's and Gabor's Revolutionary Approach to Imaging

  • In fact, metrology is concerned with nothing less than finding a method of being able to control the constancy of the international prototype metre, the basis of the whole metric system, so accurately that not only will every change, however small, which could possibly occur in it be accurately measured, but also if the prototype were entirely lost, it could nevertheless be reproduced so exactly that no microscope could ever reveal any divergence from the original prototype.

    Nobel Prize in Physics 1907 - Presentation Speech

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

  • No there is a a whole branch of science called metrology (not meteorology) devoted to instrument calibration as has been correctly pointed out.

    RealClimate

Comments

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  • I believe the following words should appear under “METROLOGY”:

    Accuracy

    Uncertainty

    Precision

    Tolerance

    To name but a few.

    AGC (ag.cheney@gmail.com)

    December 15, 2010

  • I like that one of the words used in the same context as metrology is causesthe.

    December 16, 2010