# Meter vs. Metric — What's the Difference?

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#### Meter

The measured arrangement of words in poetry, as by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line.
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#### Metric

Of or relating to the metric system of measurement.
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#### Meter

A particular arrangement of words in poetry, such as iambic pentameter, determined by the kind and number of metrical units in a line.
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#### Metric

(music) Of or relating to the meter of a piece of music.
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#### Meter

The rhythmic pattern of a stanza, determined by the kind and number of lines.
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Of or relating to distance.
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#### Meter

Division into measures or bars.
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#### Metric

A measure for something; a means of deriving a quantitative measurement or approximation for otherwise qualitative phenomena (especially used in engineering).
What metric should be used for performance evaluation?
It's the most important single metric that quantifies the predictive performance.
How to measure marketing? Use these key metrics for measuring marketing effectiveness.
There is a lack of standard metrics.
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#### Meter

A specific rhythm determined by the number of beats and the time value assigned to each note in a measure.
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#### Metric

(mathematics) A function for the 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) "non-negativity": $d\left(x,y\right) \ge 0$, (2) "identity of indiscernibles": $d\left(x,y\right) = 0 \mbox\left\{ iff \right\} x=y$, (3) "symmetry": $d\left(x,y\right) = d\left(y,x\right)$, and (4) "triangle inequality": $d\left(x,y\right) \le d\left(x,z\right) + d\left(z,y\right)$.
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#### Meter

The international standard unit of length, approximately equivalent to 39.37 inches. It was redefined in 1983 as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. See Table at measurement.
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#### Metric

(mathematics) A metric tensor.
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#### Meter

Any of various devices designed to measure time, distance, speed, or intensity or indicate and record or regulate the amount or volume, as of the flow of a gas or an electric current.
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#### Metric

Abbreviation of metric system
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A postage meter.
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#### Metric

To measure or analyse statistical data concerning the quality or effectiveness of a process.
We need to metric the status of software documentation.
We need to metric the verification of requirements.
We need to metric the system failures.
The project manager is metricking the closure of the action items.
Customer satisfaction was metricked by the marketing department.
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A parking meter.
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#### Metric

Relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement.
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#### Meter

To measure with a meter
Meter a flow of water.
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#### Metric

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; as, the metric system; a metric measurement.
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#### Meter

To supply in a measured or regulated amount
Metered the allotted gasoline to each vehicle.
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#### Metric

A function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them
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#### Meter

To imprint with postage or other revenue stamps by means of a postage meter or similar device
Metering bulk mail.
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#### Metric

A decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds);
Convert all the measurements to metric units
It is easier to work in metric
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#### Meter

To provide with a parking meter or parking meters
Meter parking spaces.
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#### Metric

A system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
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#### Meter

A device that measures things.
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#### Metric

Based on the meter as a standard of measurement;
The metric system
Metrical equivalents
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#### Meter

A parking meter or similar device for collecting payment.
Gas meter
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#### Metric

The rhythmic arrangement of syllables
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#### Meter

One who metes or measures.
A labouring coal-meter
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#### Meter

(American spelling) The base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI), conceived as 1/10,000,000 of the distance from the North Pole to the Equator, and now defined as the distance light will travel in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 seconds.
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#### Meter

(American spelling) The overall rhythm of a song or poem; particularly, the number of beats in a measure or syllables in a line.
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#### Meter

(obsolete) A poem.
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#### Meter

(American spelling) A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.
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#### Meter

To measure with a metering device.
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#### Meter

To imprint a postage mark with a postage meter.
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#### Meter

To regulate the flow of or to deliver in regulated amounts (usually of fluids but sometimes of other things such as anticipation or breath).
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#### Meter

One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter.
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#### Meter

An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured.
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#### Meter

A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it.
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#### Meter

Rhythmical arrangement of syllables or words into verses, stanzas, strophes, etc.; poetical measure, depending on number, quantity, and accent of syllables; rhythm; measure; verse; also, any specific rhythmical arrangements; as, the Horatian meters; a dactylic meter.
The only strict antithesis to prose is meter.
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A poem.
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#### Meter

A measure of length, equal to 39.37 English inches, the standard of linear measure in the metric system of weights and measures. It was intended to be, and is very nearly, the ten millionth part of the distance from the equator to the north pole, as ascertained by actual measurement of an arc of a meridian. See Metric system, under Metric.
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#### Meter

The basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
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#### Meter

Any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
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#### Meter

(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
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#### Meter

Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time
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#### Meter

Measure with a meter;
Meter the flow of water
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#### Meter

Stamp with a meter indicating the postage;
Meter the mail
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