2. (Zoöl.) The face of a crab.
In the Parthenon, groups of centaurs and heroes in high relief occupy the metopes.
(Me*top"ic) a. [Gr. the forehead.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the forehead or frontal bones; frontal; as,
the metopic suture.
(Met"o*po*man`cy) n. [Gr. the forehead + -mancy.] Fortune telling by physiognomy.
(Met`o*po*scop"ic Met`o*po*scop"ic*al) a. Of or relating to metoposcopy.
(Met`o*pos"co*pist) n. One versed in metoposcopy.
(Met`o*pos"co*py) n. [Gr. observing the forehead; the forehead + to view: cf. F. métoposcopie.]
The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character of persons by their features, or the lines
of the face.
(||Me*tos"te*on) n. [NL., fr. Gr. after + bone.] (Anat.) The postero-lateral ossification in the
sternum of birds; also, the part resulting from such ossification.
(Me"tre) n. See Meter.
(Met"ric) a. [L. metricus, Gr. : cf. F. métrique. See Meter rhythm.]
1. Relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement.
2. Of or pertaining to the meter as a standard of measurement; of or pertaining to the decimal system of
measurement of which a meter is the unit; as, the metric system; a metric measurement.
Metric analysis (Chem.), analysis by volume; volumetric analysis. Metric system, a system of
weights and measures originating in France, the use of which is required by law in many countries, and
permitted in many others, including the United States and England. The principal unit is the meter From
this are formed the are, the liter, the stere, the gram, etc. These units, and others derived from them,
are divided decimally, and larger units are formed from multiples by 10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000. The
successive multiplies are designated by the prefixes, deca- , hecto-, kilo-, and myria-; successive
parts by deci-, centi-, and milli-. The prefixes mega- and micro- are sometimes used to denote a
multiple by one million, and the millionth part, respectively. See the words formed with these prefixes in
the Vocabulary. For metric tables, see p. 1682.
1. Of or pertaining to the meter; arranged in meter; consisting of verses; as, metrical compositions.
2. Of or pertaining to measurement; as, the inch, foot, yard, etc., are metrical terms; esp., of or pertaining
to the metric system.
(Met"ric*al*ly), adv. In a metrical manner.
(Me*tri"cian) n. [Cf. F. métricien. See Meter rhythm.] A composer of verses. [Obs.]
(Met"ric sys"tem) See Metric, a.
(Met`ri*fi*ca"tion) n. Composition in metrical form; versification. [R.] Tennyson.
(Met"ri*fy) v. i. [L. metrum meter + -fy: cf. F. métrifier.] To make verse. [R.] Skelton.