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metric system

n.
A decimal system of units based on the meter as a unit length, the kilogram as a unit mass, and the second as a unit time. See Table at measurement.
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metric system

n
(Units) any decimal system of units based on the metre. For scientific purposes the Système International d'Unités (SI units) is used
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met′ric sys`tem


n.
a decimal system of weights and measures, universally used in science, and the official system of measurement in many countries.
[1860–65]
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metric system

A decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter as a unit of length, the kilogram as a unit of mass, and the liter as a unit of volume. See Table at measurement.
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metric system

A system of measurement based on the meter.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metric system - a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and the kilogram and the secondmetric system - a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and the kilogram and the second
system of weights and measures - system of measurement for length and weight and duration
cgs, cgs system - system of measurement based on centimeters and grams and seconds
SI system, SI unit, Systeme International, Systeme International d'Unites, International System, International System of Units, SI - a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela); "Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites"
metric weight unit, weight unit - a decimal unit of weight based on the gram
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Translations
metrijärjestelmä

metric system

nsistema m metrico decimale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

metric system

n sistema métrico
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This so-called metric system was by far the most useful and logical system of measurement ever dreamed up, and all that stood in the way of its instant adoption was, first, the dead weight of tradition, and second, the hostility of the rest of Europe to the French Revolutionaries.
The groups argued that to effectively switch the United States to the metric system, packages should emphasize the metric units of measurement by placing them first on all packaging.
The need for a single, worldwide measurement system was recognized early on, and in 1790 the metric system was created.
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Considering their request we have given them until the end of this year and from the beginning of next year the metric system will be strictly enforced," said Engineer Mohammad Ahmad Al Mulla, director of Metrology at ESMA.
The metric system defines how an aircraft's CO2 emissions can be evaluated in a method relevant to how aircraft are operated.
France introduced the metric system to the world during the French Revolution.
And it's a book about the metric system. AND it's a book about a few of the differences and similarities between the United States and Canada.
Children are taught the metric system in school but they go out of school to hear only imperial measures named in normal conversation - and in most instances don't know what the measures actually are, nor how one relates to another.
The metric system also breaks the link with "Imperial" Britain after many, many centuries.
Peter, 54, said: "We ran the metric system for three months, but people were confused.