Definition of MEASURE

a given or particular mass or aggregate of matter <each day prisoners were given only a small measure of rice to live on>
something set up as an example against which others of the same type are compared <during the Renaissance, man came to be viewed as the measure of all things>
the recurrent pattern formed by a series of sounds having a regular rise and fall in intensity <the song's soft, soothing measures make it a good lullaby>
the total amount of measurable space or surface occupied by something <a slipcover for the couch that was made to measure>

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