metrical metrical  /ˈmɛ trɪ kəl/


  1. (adj) based on the meter as a standard of measurement
  2. (adj) the rhythmic arrangement of syllables



  1. Then, summing up all the metrical patterns, one machine, in a total of five hours, clacked out a detailed analysis of the Iliad's style.
  2. The International Amateur Athletic Federation lists world's records only for metrical distances.
  3. Nonetheless, in the ten years since Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act of 1975, the country has undergone a quiet metrical transformation.


  1. "Union Jack" may well be "visual, aural, metrical versification by an expert," as Kirstein wrote.
    on Jun 8, 2007 By: Lincoln Kirstein Source: New York Times

  2. The poet Billy Collins, referring to 19th-century worthies like Tennyson and Browning as "the Metrical Lads, bless their hearts," claims that "Howl" "closed the door" on "all that."
    on Apr 22, 2006 By: Billy Collins Source: Wall Street Journal

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