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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 ?
So, perhaps, it would be well to go back and read chapter vii., and then we must go on to the Metrical Romances.
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.*
From thence it has been transferred by the Reverend Charles Henry Hartsborne, M.A., editor of a very curious volume, entitled ``Ancient Metrical Tales, printed chiefly from original sources, 1829.'' Mr Hartshorne gives no other authority for the present fragment, except the article in the Bibliographer, where it is entitled the Kyng and the Hermite.
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.
(16) Further assuming that in (43a) the constituents [Ein Baum] and [ist umgefallen] are metrical sisters, the S-NSR assigns primary stress to the constituent lower in the selectional ordering, in this case Baum.
Particularly welcome here are Beat Kumin's "Masses, Morris and Metrical Psalms: Music in the English Parish," and Magnus Williamson's "The Role of Religious Guilds in the Cultivation of Ritual Polyphony in England: the Case of Louth, 1450-1550." Both give sympathetic and fresh accounts of pre-Reformation parish life, and though they see elements of continuity, they find the Reformation to have been primarily disruptive to ordinary musicians, such as the singers who performed the very numerous endowed votive services, abruptly cut off when these endowments were terminated.
In reconstructing the logic of Scott's metrical summons my aim is to emphasize not its suitability as a general account of poetics but its functionality as a vehicle for Scott's very particular politics--his defense of Scottish national autonomy within Britain.