mismeasure

verb mis·mea·sure \ ˌmis-ˈme-zhər , -ˈmā- \

Definition of mismeasure

mismeasured; mismeasuring
: to measure (something) badly or incorrectly : to make a mistake in measuring
  • … the mahogany paneling for the storefront had been mismeasured and arrived too large for the opening and had to be sent back.
  • —Alan J. Heavens
  • In the land of Julius Caesar—a brilliant politician who nonetheless mismeasured, fatally, the temper of the Roman Senate—it is hard to fathom why, as political animals, we can never seem to ingest the most basic laws of cause and effect.
  • —Ingrid D. Rowland

mismeasurement

play \ˌmis-ˈme-zhər-mənt, -ˈmā-\ noun, plural mismeasurements
    • By opposing false standards of measurement in both human and animal populations—in his measured hostility to mismeasurement—[Stephen Jay] Gould will be seen as one of the last great American liberals …
    • —Michael Neve

First Known Use of mismeasure

1743

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