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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The measurements show data as if a family with $18,000 a year in income and no health insurance was in the exact same shape as a family with $18,000 a year in income and Medicaid coverage. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan’s farewell address contained a blaze of nonsense about poverty," 20 Dec. 2018 Note that Second Measure’s estimates of Uber’s ride-sharing sales included revenue from Uber Eats until May 2017, when the measurement company was able to separate the two. Rani Molla, Recode, "Lyft has eaten into Uber’s U.S. market share, new data suggests," 12 Dec. 2018 People here are interested in doing work where the measurement of success is not a profit margin but the number of lives saved. Michelle Archer, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue research scientist is on a mission to improve global health equality," 12 Dec. 2018 SamKnows, the measurement company used by the FCC for this program, told Ars that Measuring Broadband America is still active and that a new report is forthcoming, hopefully next month. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for," 19 Nov. 2018 That forecast proved accurate: Dust levels in Gale Crater had returned to normal by Sept. 18, according to the motor measurements, NASA officials said. Mike Wall,, "How the Curiosity Rover Detected a Monster Mars Dust Storm Will Surprise You," 28 Sep. 2018 Anyone who has ever run with an unsupportive bra on knows how essential the bounce rate measurement truly is. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Knix Just Launched a New High-Impact Sports Bra and We Got to Try It," 25 Sep. 2018 The measurements are intended for research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science-UCLA. Israel Kasnett, Jewish Journal, "Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon," 11 July 2018 Do some shopping to see what measurements are out there and compare with your room size. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to decorate with area rugs," 29 June 2018

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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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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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