noun mea·sure \ˈme-zhər, ˈmā-\

: an amount or degree of something

: something (such as a cup or a ruler) that is used to measure things

: a unit used in measuring something

Full Definition of MEASURE

a (1) :  an adequate or due portion (2) :  a moderate degree; also :  moderation, temperance (3) :  a fixed or suitable limit :  bounds <rich beyond measure>
b :  the dimensions, capacity, or amount of something ascertained by measuring
c :  an estimate of what is to be expected (as of a person or situation)
d (1) :  a measured quantity
(2) :  amount, degree
a :  an instrument or utensil for measuring
b (1) :  a standard or unit of measurement — see weight table
(2) :  a system of standard units of measure <metric measure>
:  the act or process of measuring
a (1) :  melody, tune (2) :  dance; especially :  a slow and stately dance
b :  rhythmic structure or movement :  cadence: as
(1) :  poetic rhythm measured by temporal quantity or accent; specifically :  meter (2) :  musical time
c (1) :  a grouping of a specified number of musical beats located between two consecutive vertical lines on a staff
(2) :  a metrical unit :  foot
:  an exact divisor of a number
:  a basis or standard of comparison <wealth is not a measure of happiness>
:  a step planned or taken as a means to an end; specifically :  a proposed legislative act
for good measure
:  in addition to the minimum required :  as an extra

Examples of MEASURE

  1. She felt equal measures of hope and fear.
  2. Their actions were motivated in large measure by a desire for revenge.
  3. An occasion like this calls for some measure of decorum.
  4. The meter is a measure of length.
  5. The dictionary includes a table of weights and measures.
  6. The legislature has passed a measure aimed at protecting consumers.
  7. The governor has proposed a number of cost-cutting measures.
  8. They were forced to resort to desperate measures.
  9. We need to take measures to protect ourselves.

Origin of MEASURE

Middle English mesure, from Anglo-French, from Latin mensura, from mensus, past participle of metiri to measure; akin to Old English ̄th measure, Greek metron
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with MEASURE



: to find out the size, length, or amount of (something)

: to find out the size of (someone) for clothing

: to judge the importance, value, or extent of (something)

mea·suredmea·sur·ing \ˈme-zhə-riŋ, ˈmā-; ˈmezh-riŋ, ˈmāzh-\

Full Definition of MEASURE

transitive verb
a :  to choose or control with cautious restraint :  regulate <measure his acts>
b :  to regulate by a standard :  govern
:  to allot or apportion in measured amounts <measure out three cups>
:  to lay off by making measurements
:  to ascertain the measurements of
:  to estimate or appraise by a criterion <measures his skill against his rival>
archaic :  to travel over :  traverse
:  to serve as a means of measuring <a thermometer measures temperature>
intransitive verb
:  to take or make a measurement
:  to have a specified measurement
mea·sur·abil·i·ty \ˌme-zhə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌmā-; ˌmezh-rə-, ˌmāzh-\ noun
mea·sur·able \ˈme-zhə-rə-bəl, ˈmā-; ˈmezh-rə-, ˈmāzh-\ adjective
mea·sur·ably \-blē\ adverb
mea·sur·er \-zhər-ər\ noun

Examples of MEASURE

  1. using a ruler to measure a piece of paper
  2. an instrument for measuring air pressure
  3. mental abilities measured by IQ testing
  4. He's being measured for a new suit.
  5. His success cannot be measured solely on the basis of his popularity.
  6. The cloth measures 3 meters.
  7. The room measures 15 feet wide by 30 feet long.

First Known Use of MEASURE

14th century


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