mea·​sure·​ment | \ˈme-zhər-mənt, 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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Below are the overall rankings, as well as their rankings in groups of measurements labeled most reliable, best value and most comfortable. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Readers React to the WSJ Airport Rankings," 19 Nov. 2018 Most of these have been discovered by measurement, not predicted, and there’s still no satisfying theoretical explanation for them. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 Google Assistant is by many measurements the best voice assistant available. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Redesigned Google Assistant is easier on the fingers and eyes," 3 Oct. 2018 Still, the old bomber’s career is by any measurement extraordinary: in the 1990s, it was commonly said that a B-52 pilot could fly the same plane his or her father flew. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How B-52 Bombers Will Fly Until the 2050s," 10 Sep. 2018 But the new forecast takes advantage of a major new set of data: a giant batch of measurements made by the European mission called Gaia, which has pinpointed the location of more than 1.5 billion stars in the Milky Way. Meghan Bartels,, "New NASA Planet Hunter May Find 10,000 Alien Worlds in Just Two Years," 8 Aug. 2018 By this measurement, McGrady is a pro at being kind to herself. Kelly Bales, Allure, "Why Model Hunter McGrady Prays for the Haters," 26 July 2018 Biggest story of the governor’s race thus far, by some measurements. Dan Sweeney,, "Readers attack and defend Adam Putnam over gun permit issue," 13 June 2018 The study’s author, Apartment List housing economist Chris Salviati, found that by his study’s measurement, the Chicago area is the 13th most segregated metro area in the U.S. Bob Goldsborough,, "Chicago is the 13th most segregated metro area in U.S., study finds," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of measurement

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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- \

Medical Definition of measurement 

1 : the act or process of measuring

2 : a figure, extent, or amount obtained by measuring

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