measurement

noun
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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At a couple of miles above sea level (about 3,500m), on top of the ice sheet covering the East Antarctic Plateau—near the Vostok Station measurement, in fact—the temperature is routinely below -130°F (-90°C). Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Scientists Record Earth's Lowest Temperature Ever. Here's How Cold It Got," 26 June 2018 In this case, the researchers made measurements across 9 meters of rock, spanning about 350,000 years of Earth history. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Dinosaur-killing impact + volcanoes kept the Earth hot for 100,000 years," 26 May 2018 The main difference is that the UltraScreen DLX screen is larger (actual measurements vary by location). Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four big reasons why today's experience is so much better in Marcus Theatre's local cinemas than years ago," 23 May 2018 And then the really tough place to make measurements is underneath the floating ice shelf, underneath this thick plate of ice. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Antarctic Quest Seeks to Predict the Fate of a Linchpin Glacier," 14 May 2018 Last year, researchers from geneticist Craig Venter’s company Human Longevity, made detailed measurements of the physical attributes of around 1,000 people. Caitlin Curtis And James Hereward, Smithsonian, "How Accurately Can Scientists Reconstruct A Person’s Face From DNA?," 4 May 2018 Plugged into the shuttle's power system, the radar could make continuous measurements, mapping 90 percent of Earth's surface in just 10 days. Author: Kenneth Chang, Anchorage Daily News, "A suitcase-size satellite’s big image of frozen Alaska below," 29 Jan. 2018 In a measurement that only includes Lyft and Uber — not their smaller rivals Juno, Via and Get — Lyft had grown to 40 percent of the market share in April, according to SimilarWeb. Rani Molla, Recode, "Lyft’s new users skew younger than Uber’s," 17 May 2018 Other measurements were taken by spacecraft orbiting the planet. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers that methane on Mars changes with the seasons," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of measurement

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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measurement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of measurement

: the act or process of measuring something

: a size, length, or amount known by measuring something

measurement

noun
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.

measurement

noun
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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