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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The density measurements of K2-18b suggest the atmosphere is mostly hydrogen, surrounding a rocky and icy core. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet in the Habitable Zone," 11 Sep. 2019 The Slidell, Louisiana, couple and their massive citrus entered the Guinness Book of World Records after officials from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry took official measurement of the fruit. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "A Louisiana Couple Just Set Two Guinness World Records With One Massive Grapefruit," 9 Sep. 2019 Real hot and cold can be thought of as a measurement of motion: the temperature of water, air, motor oil or any other substance is a measure of the average speed of molecules and atoms within the substance. Anchorage Daily News, "Thermometers are at work everywhere in cold-conscious Alaska," 7 Sep. 2019 The measurement of smaller particulate matter reached hazard levels as well, exceeding 250 micrograms per cubic meter, on five days of the event. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Experts: Burning Man playa dust not serious health concern," 19 Aug. 2019 Though less massive black holes theoretically might exist, x-ray measurements of the cosmos haven’t yet found any signs of them. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Astronomers probably just saw a black hole swallow a dead star," 16 Aug. 2019 Our primary measurement tool for this guide was a Datacolor Spyder5Elite colorimeter and its accompanying software. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Finding the best gaming monitors you can buy in 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 Puffer-Sweiven, a provider of automation, valves, measurement, and process control solutions, has leased 43,869 square feet at 4000 Greenbriar Drive. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate briefs: Golden Pass LNG selects new downtown headquarters," 23 Aug. 2019 Based on these measurements, Kreidberg’s team estimated the temperature of the planet’s nightside as a freezing –273 degrees Celsius and that of its days as a fiery 767 degrees C. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Scientists Mull the Astrobiological Implications of an Airless Alien Planet," 19 Aug. 2019

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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 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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