metrification :

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  • n  writing a metrical composition (or the metrical structure of a composition)
  • n  the act of changing from imperial units of measurement to metric units: meters, grams, seconds

  • Why did metrification falter? Most believe it was because compliance with the Metric Act was purely voluntary.

  • Harold Wilson in BBC News
    ...Williams was reluctant to push ahead with some of the metrification measures - she believed the pint was safe in any case - Wilson told his private secretary: "Metrification is a bore, anyway. Local breweries is a winner."

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