mea·​sure·​ment | \ ˈme-zhər-mənt How to pronounce measurement (audio) , ˈmā- \

Definition of measurement

1 : the act or process of measuring
2 : a figure, extent, or amount obtained by measuring : dimension

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Examples of measurement in a Sentence

The test is for the measurement of a student's progress. The instruments provide accurate measurement of atmospheric conditions. The room's measurements are 30 by 15 feet. The instruments are used for taking measurements of atmospheric conditions. Accurate measurements are required in carpentry. The tailor took his measurements, and his waist measurement is 36 inches.
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Recent Examples on the Web The measurement was taken last week at the Esperanza Base along the continent’s Trinity Peninsula, according to the Washington Post. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump budget reflects sensitivity to environmental politics," 10 Feb. 2020 To get the ratio, measurements of the face are taken and calculated. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Robert Pattinson declared 'the most handsome man in the world'," 5 Feb. 2020 The two Escalade models have nearly the same interior space measurements in terms of head-, leg-, shoulder and hip room, although third-row legroom is 1.7 inches better in the extended model, but the ESV's cargo volume is considerably greater. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Cadillac Leaks 2021 Escalade ESV on Visualizer Spec Tool," 5 Feb. 2020 The measurements were made in January after the scientists deployed an ocean-sensing device to examine the waters moving below the glacier's surface. Fox News, "Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’ reveals alarming new trait to scientists," 31 Jan. 2020 The scientists' measurements were made in early January, after the research team created a nearly 2,000-foot deep access hole and deployed an ocean-sensing device to measure the temperature of the waters moving below the glacier's surface. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Warm water discovered beneath Antarctica's 'doomsday' glacier, scientists say," 31 Jan. 2020 The tape has both Imperial and Metric measurements along the top and bottom, with 0.065-inch intervals. Popular Science, "Moving out? Tape measures to help set up your new space," 10 Jan. 2020 At Sonnblick, where measurements are made every minute, the air gets so cold that Elke Ludewig and her crew must remove ice from frozen instruments. Washington Post, "How we know global warming is real," 19 Dec. 2019 Scientists may have differing measurements for this threshold, but the most common metric is when there is 2 milligrams of dissolved oxygen per liter of water. Tony Briscoe,, "What are algae blooms and dead zones?," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of measurement

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of measurement was in 1590

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16 Feb 2020

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“Measurement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce measurement (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of measurement

: the act or process of measuring something
: a size, length, or amount known by measuring something


mea·​sure·​ment | \ ˈme-zhər-mənt How to pronounce measurement (audio) \

Kids Definition of measurement

1 : the act of determining size, capacity, or quantity The instruments provide accurate measurement.
2 : the extent, size, capacity, or amount of something as has been determined The room's measurements are 20 feet by 14 feet.


mea·​sure·​ment | \ ˈmezh-ər-mənt, ˈmāzh- How to pronounce measurement (audio) \

Medical Definition of measurement

1 : the act or process of measuring
2 : a figure, extent, or amount obtained by measuring

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