Definition of Metric system

1. Noun. A decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and the kilogram and the second.

Definition of Metric system

1. Noun. The system of measurements developed in France in the 1790s and now used worldwide. ¹

2. Noun. The modern version of that system, Systeme Internationale d'Unites (International System of Units), or SI system of measurements that is based on the base units of the meter/metre, the kilogram, the second, the ampere, the kelvin, the mole, and the candela. ¹

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Medical Definition of Metric system

1. A system of weights and measures, universal for scientific use, based upon the meter, which was originally intended to be one ten-millionth of a quadrant of the earth's meridian and now is based on the length that light travels in a vacuum in a given period of time (see meter). Prefixes of the meter (and other standards) reflect either fractions or multiples of the meter and are identical to the International System of Units (see International System of Units). The unit of weight is the gram, which is the weight of one cubic centimeter of water, equivalent to 15.432358 grains. The unit of volume is the liter or one cubic decimeter, equal to 1.056688 U.S. Liquid quarts; a cubic centimeter is about 16.23073 U.S. Minims. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Metric System

metric feet
metric foot
metric function
metric grain
metric hundredweight
metric level
metric levels
metric linear unit
metric mile
metric pound
metric pounds
metric space
metric spaces
metric structure
metric structures
metric system (current term)
metric ton
metric tons
metric unit
metric weight unit
metrical feet
metrical foot
metrical structure
metrical structures
metrical unit

Literary usage of Metric system

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"The importance of this event, significant in itself, becomes greater in view of the fact that this settles the supremacy of the metric system in the Far ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Am City (T and С ed) 15:495-7 N 46 metric system Business men who want the metric ... Photo Era 37:18-19 Jl 46 Learning the value of the metric system. ..."

3. The Metric Fallacy by Frederick Arthur Halsey, Samuel Sherman Dale (1904)
"THE ADOPTION" OF THE metric system NECESSITATES ABANDONING MECHANICAL STANDARDS. As has been pointed out, the leaders of this movement have no knowledge of ..."

4. American Druggist (1890)
"But in Great Britain, too, there has been and is a strong movement toward the ultimate adoption of the metric system. On the 8th day of April, 1862, ..."

5. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1884)
"The metric system is so simple, and its advantages so numerous, that it has already become the acknowledged standard in all departments of science. ..."

6. Railroad Curves and Earthwork by Calvin Francis Allen (1908)
"In Railroad Location under the "metric system" a chain of 100 meters is too long, and a chain of 10 meters is too short. Some engineers have used the ..."

7. Popular Science Monthly (1901)
"... sense of his countrymen may waiver on considering their apathy towards the metric system, a recent work by M. Bigourdan* will have great fascination. ..."

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