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1. Of, relating to, or composed in poetic meter: metrical verse; five metrical units in a line.
2. Relating to measurement.

[Middle English, from Latin metricus, from Greek metrikos, from metron, measure, poetic meter; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

met′ri·cal·ly adv.


(ˈmɛtrɪkəl) or


1. of or relating to measurement
2. (Poetry) of or in poetic metre
ˈmetrically adv


(ˈmɛ trɪ kəl)

also metric

1. pertaining to or composed in meter.
2. pertaining to measurement.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin metric(us) (see metric2) + -al1]
met′ri•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.metrical - based on the meter as a standard of measurementmetrical - based on the meter as a standard of measurement; "the metric system"; "metrical equivalents"
2.metrical - the rhythmic arrangement of syllablesmetrical - the rhythmic arrangement of syllables
metrics, prosody - the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
rhythmic, rhythmical - recurring with measured regularity; "the rhythmic chiming of church bells"- John Galsworthy; "rhythmical prose"


Marked by a regular rhythm:
í bundnu máli


[ˈmetrɪkəl] ADJ (Poetry) → métrico


[ˈmɛtrɪkəl] adjmétrique


adj (Poet) → metrisch


[ˈmɛtrɪkl] adj (also) (Poetry) → metrico/a


(American) meter (ˈmiːtə) noun
(in poetry) the regular arrangement of syllables that are stressed or unstressed, long or short. The metre of this passage is typical of Shakespeare.
ˈmetrical (ˈme-) adjective
of or in poetry. The translation is not metrical – it is in prose.
References in classic literature ?
The three hundred years from 1200 to 1500 were the years of the Metrical Romances.
Perhaps one of the most interesting of these Metrical Romances is that of Havelok the Dane.
Diction' I mean the mere metrical arrangement of the words: as for
The Metrical Romances, including the Arthurian Cycle.
There must have been a Norman original of the Scottish metrical romance of Rauf Colziar, in which Charlemagne is introduced as the unknown guest of a charcoal-man.
editor of a very curious volume, entitled ``Ancient Metrical Tales, printed chiefly from original sources, 1829.
Yet Horace Walpole wrote a goblin tale which has thrilled through many a bosom; and George Ellis could transfer all the playful fascination of a humour, as delightful as it was uncommon, into his Abridgement of the Ancient Metrical Romances.
I only know that there are some three principles of rhythm out of which metrical systems are framed, just as in sounds there are four notes out of which all the harmonies are composed; that is an observation which I have made.
A more descriptive term for al-shi'r al-hurr is "taf'ila poetry," named for the feet or metrical units that make up the lines.
This section provides a theoretical framework arguing for stress assignment of BJAN loanwords within the metrical model viewpoint.
Yet he is not entirely alone in recognizing the deep cultural value of metrical poetry: recent decades have seen the emergence of a small but active New Formalist movement among poets determined to retrieve the largely abandoned aesthetic patrimony of meter--often doing so in traditional forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, the ballad, and the rondeau.
If we knew that it was taken from a poem deemed to be metrical, would we be more inclined to find or make it rhythmical?