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 is taken to determine a change in the cost of living and is used to identify periods of inflation. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Inflation slowed in September," 13 Oct. 2020 Although other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jared Weber, Dallas News, "Dallas County adds 418 COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths; Tarrant County reports most cases in a single day in almost two months," 12 Oct. 2020 Many people preferred their old customs of measurement. National Geographic, "The French Revolution not only toppled a king—it also forged the metric system," 10 Sep. 2020 Now that trauma continues under Matt Wells, which is why the Red Raiders are No. 1 in the Misery Index, a weekly measurement of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just watched. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Texas Tech's late-game implosion gives it easy case for top spot in Misery Index," 28 Sep. 2020 My first measurement on my second Apple Watch 6 reported my SpO2 as 100 percent. Washington Post, "The new Apple Watch says my lungs may be sick. Or perfect. It can’t decide.," 23 Sep. 2020 By his measurement, the storm surge reached just 17. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "After Storms, They Built Higher. They Dread Doing It Again.," 23 Sep. 2020 Remember ‘geometry’ means ‘measurement of the earth’, and the earth is round. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Is Math?," 23 Sep. 2020 More people likely watched via video streams, but there was no reliable third-party measurement of those users. David Bauder,, "Joe Biden can claim bragging rights over President Trump in convention TV ratings — but it was close," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Measurement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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