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 This is how long that three-pointer was at the end of regulation in the measurement of vowels and absolute, undeniable joy. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Thrilling season for Alabama basketball left us wanting more," 29 Mar. 2021 Since the measurement of DRS, or defensive runs saved, was developed in 2002, Simmons has saved 191 runs. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "New Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a dazzling defender," 27 Mar. 2021 The stainless steel bracelets also feature improvements including a measurement of 21 mm between the lugs and a thinner 16 mm for the polished and brushed clasp and new finishes inspired by early models. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "Omega Just Debuted 13 New Watches, Including a Slew of New Seamasters," 23 Mar. 2021 Excluded from the measurement of household income is some $1.9 trillion of government transfers. Phil Gramm And John Early, WSJ, "Incredible Shrinking Income Inequality," 23 Mar. 2021 The sensor records how much time the round trip of the laser pulse takes, using the speed of light to calculate a direct time-of-flight measurement of distance. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, "ON Semi Brings LiDAR To Automotive Sensor Portfolio With New SiPM Array," 21 Mar. 2021 Now microelectrode biosensors are available that give unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution, enabling direct measurement of chemical conversations between cells in the nervous system. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Ziggy Marley at the Belly Up: ‘Music will be in the house, even if people aren’t’," 11 Mar. 2021 Direct measurement of the AMOC only began relatively recently. New York Times, "In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers," 2 Mar. 2021 Scientists measure the general likelihood of visibility on a scale of zero to nine known as the Kp Index, based on measurement of geomagnetic activity. Washington Post, "The aurora borealis skipped this Alaska photography class. But some swinging light cords saved the night.," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of measurement

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for measurement

Middle English mesurement "apportionment of just shares," borrowed from Anglo-French, "act of measuring," from mesurer "to measure entry 2" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of measurement was in 1590

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9 Apr 2021

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“Measurement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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