# What's the difference between distance and metric?

## Distance

Definition:

• (n.) The space between two objects; the length of a line, especially the shortest line joining two points or things that are separate; measure of separation in place.
• (n.) Remoteness of place; a remote place.
• (n.) A space marked out in the last part of a race course.
• (n.) Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; -- contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left.
• (n.) Space between two antagonists in fencing.
• (n.) The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
• (n.) Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
• (n.) Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events.
• (n.) The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
• (n.) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.
• (n.) Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor.
• (n.) The interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh.
• (v. t.) To place at a distance or remotely.
• (v. t.) To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote.
• (v. t.) To outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.

Example Sentences:

• (1) The distance between the end of fic and the start of pabA was 31 base pairs.
• (2) Standard nerve conduction techniques using constant measured distances were applied to evaluate the median, ulnar and radial nerves.
• (3) Accuracy of discrimination of letters at various preselected distances was determined each session while Ortho-rater examinations were given periodically throughout training.
• (4) The capillary-adipocyte distances were shorter and the vascularization density was higher in old rats.
• (5) Within the capillary-perfused mucosa and muscularis (between 50 and 2000 microns from the urothelial surface), concentrations decreased by 50% for each 500-microns distance.
• (6) When compared with nonspecialized regions of the cell membranes, these contact sites were characterized by a decreased intercellular distance, subplasmalemmal densities and coated pits.
• (7) The distance of nucleoid sedimentation increased as a function of exposure temperature and exposure time, and was proportional to an increased protein to DNA ratio in the nucleoids.
• (8) The bond distances of Cu to Cl(1), Cl(2), N(3) and N(3') atoms are 2.299 (1), 2.267 (1), 1.985 (4) and 1.996 (3) A, respectively.
• (9) The authors used a linear multivariate regression to evaluate the effects of distance from the highway, age and sex of the child, and housing condition.
• (10) Tests in which the size of the landmark was altered from that used in training suggest that distance is not learned solely in terms of the apparent size of the landmark as seen from the goal.
• (11) The difference in Brazil will be the huge distances involved, with the crazy decision not to host the group stages in geographical clusters leading to logistical and planning nightmares.
• (12) Long-distanced urethrocystopexy which permits to avoid an unwanted increase of outflow resistance with following retention of urine should be preferred.
• (13) After using the OK method to obtain a distance curve for height, we introduce a new method (VADK) to derive velocity and acceleration curves from the fitted distance curve.
• (14) Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said people would see through her attempts to distance herself from Gove.
• (15) Transplanted cells divided in vivo and progressively migrated into the host brain from the site of implantation up to distances of about 1 mm.
• (16) Discrimination was possible among these four groups on the basis of the Mahalanobis' generalized distance.
• (17) Extrapolating animal data to the neonates, we found the thoracic segment length recommended (the average of 29% of body length and electrode distance) to be accurate.
• (18) The arrest of the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian and his journalist wife, Yeganeh Salehi, as well as a photographer and her partner, is a brutal reminder of the distance between President Hassan Rouhani’s reforming promises and his willingness to act.
• (19) The duration of electrophoresis was based on the migration of a marker dye for a predetermined distance.
• (20) Near acuity with distance correction was J2 or more in 93.1% of the bifocals and in 17.4% of the monofocals (without correction: 79.3% and 41.4%, respectively).

## Metric

Definition:

• (a.) Relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement.
• (a.) 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.

Example Sentences:

• (1) Two mechanisms are evident in chicks' spatial representations: a metric frame for encoding the spatial arrangement of surfaces as surfaces and a cue-guidance system for encoding conspicuous landmarks near the target.
• (2) This gives us the foundations to consider the method of evaluation of phenetic distances between natural groups of animals for the set of non-metric threshold skeletal traits more suitable for detection of genetical differentiation of wild populations.
• (3) In reviewing recent progress concerning the motor system and drug action, the following subjects will be discussed on the basis of our data: 1) the mechanisms of action of mephenesin and baclofen, 2) baclofen and gamma-aminobutyric acid B (GABAB) receptor, 3) GABA-, benzodiazepine receptors, 4) control of spinal motor system by descending noradrenergic neuron, 5) pharmacology of the muscle spindle, and 6) pharmaco-metrics of centrally acting muscle relaxants.
• (4) It is clear that the metric takes something – biodiversity and habitats – that are inherently very complex and tries to simplify them for easier decision-making.
• (5) There are still areas where we focus on targets rather than outcomes as the key metrics of whether the NHS is performing well … We need to have a broader measure of what success is in the NHS and we need to do some careful thinking about how we achieve that.
• (6) Forty-eight cranial metric and twenty-five cranial non-metric traits were scored on the left side of adult male crania from four North American Indian populations.
• (7) But this metric is a good way to reward original source-finding.
• (8) In addition, an electric field exposure metric is mechanistically consistent with a cell-surface interaction site.
• (9) Multimeasurable systemic models have been constructed to demonstrate how quantitative indices of metrical properties of the capillaries depend on the cardiac size.
• (10) It will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 900m metric tonnes, and save the equivalent of last year's imports of oil from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria combined.
• (11) Some metric parameters (height and width, sizes of the isthmus the an angle between the corns) are given with the purpose of greater precision of roentgenological interpretation.
• (12) The original metric system based on lenght (centimetre), mass (gramme) and time (second) has proved inadequate.
• (13) These endeavoured to achieve a comprehension of the higher cortical functions on a metric basis.
• (14) The distal phalanges are complete, however, and were analyzed metrically utilizing univariate and multivariate statistical techniques.
• (15) By means of pH-metric and fluorescent analysis it was shown that vasopressin interacts with other membrane structures which have no specific receptors--phosphatidylcholinic liposomes and vesicles of sarcoplasmic reticulum of skeletal muscles causing increasing permeability of phospholipid bilayer for Ca2+ ions.
• (16) Added to this there are varying interpretations of the metric with at least three different calculation tools that CIEEM is aware of.
• (17) Neanderthal teeth were significantly more metrically asymmetric than those of either Australopithecus or H. erectus, with population differences in asymmetry centered in the maxillary teeth.
• (18) These days, rat poison is not just sown in the earth by the truckload, it is rained from helicopters that track the rats with radar – in 2011 80 metric tonnes of poison-laced bait were dumped on to Henderson Island, home to one of the last untouched coral reefs in the South Pacific.
• (19) FORTRAN IV programs allow calculation of surface area, villous heights, and component volumes in metric units, and of volume proportions, volume-to-volume ratios, and surface-to-volume ratios.
• (20) The occlusal contacts of teeth in a dentition have been analysed metrically with the aid of a new method.