Meaning of figure of merit in English:

figure of merit


  • A numerical expression taken as representing the performance or efficiency of a given device, material, or procedure.

    ‘The main figure of merit is sustained performance per unit cost.’
    • ‘In other words, they want a single figure of merit for white light instead of one each for red, green, and blue.’
    • ‘The key figures of merit of these PC structures are the narrowness of the peak in the emission spectrum and the energy density of the emission.’
    • ‘The economic figure of merit for a solar cell is dollars per peak Watt (US $/ Wp).’
    • ‘Of course, there are many other possible classification schemes that could employ increasing levels of specificity by combining attributes or by deriving new figures of merit.’