measurement

noun

mea·​sure·​ment ˈme-zhər-mənt How to pronounce measurement (audio)
ˈmā-
1
: the act or process of measuring
2
: a figure, extent, or amount obtained by measuring : dimension
3

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Changing the culture of an organization that focuses on value creation to one that includes equity and inclusion as core elements of the investment process requires measurement. Robert F. Smith, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2023 Supercore inflation is an economic measurement that strips away volatile items from the traditional Consumer Price Index (CPI), such as food, energy and housing. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 Denver International Airport, where the city's measurement is taken, received 9.1 inches of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2023 In the lab, entangled states and superposition in quantum systems are destroyed upon measurement. Robert Lea, Popular Mechanics, 17 Jan. 2023 On an objective measurement, 27% of the workers showed a significant decrease in their resting heart rate, according to the study. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 Jan. 2023 After all, does anyone really care that much about measurement? James Vincent, The Verge, 16 Jan. 2023 That measurement is compared to measurements of the population of people who would have been eligible to see the ad. Salvador Rodriguez, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2023 Though this first snowpack measurement was promising, officials warn that conditions could evolve for the worse over the three remaining months of the snow season. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English mesurement "apportionment of just shares," borrowed from Anglo-French, "act of measuring," from mesurer "to measure entry 2" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of measurement was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Measurement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/measurement. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

measurement

noun
mea·​sure·​ment ˈmezh-ər-mənt How to pronounce measurement (audio)
ˈmāzh-
1
: the act or process of measuring
2
: a figure, extent, or amount obtained by measuring
3
: a system of measures

Medical Definition

measurement

noun
mea·​sure·​ment ˈmezh-ər-mənt, ˈmāzh- How to pronounce measurement (audio)
1
: the act or process of measuring
2
: a figure, extent, or amount obtained by measuring
3

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