She felt equal measures of hope and fear.
Their actions were motivated in large measure by a desire for revenge.
An occasion like this calls for some measure of decorum.
The meter is a measure of length.
The dictionary includes a table of weights and measures.
The legislature has passed a measure aimed at protecting consumers.
The governor has proposed a number of cost-cutting measures.
They were forced to resort to desperate measures.
We need to take measures to protect ourselves. Verb
using a ruler to measure a piece of paper
an instrument for measuring air pressure
mental abilities measured by IQ testing
He's being measured for a new suit.
His success cannot be measured solely on the basis of his popularity.
The cloth measures 3 meters.
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The win was all but assured from there, but UConn ended the game on a 9-0 run for good measure.—Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 21 Jan. 2023 Even so, Rahm hunted down some challenges for good measure.—Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2023 There's even a few Irish TV series on Netflix thrown in there for good measure.—Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2023 Heads explode, Keanu often shooting the same head two or three times for good measure.—Wyatt Mason, Harper’s Magazine , 6 Jan. 2023 Now, for his latest trick, the long-dead prophet says 2023 is shaping up to be a doozy of a year, which may include great floods, fires on Mars, and some casual cannibalism, for good measure.—Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 4 Jan. 2023 In his final season with the Bucks, Abdul-Jabbar provided one last eye-popping offensive performance, hitting 18 of 29 shots and 16 of 20 from the free-throw line, with 18 rebounds for good measure.—Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2023 Then our pajamas, put on early (for good measure) and inside out (no matter how itchy the seams).—Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 4 Jan. 2023 For good measure, Andersen began posting face-filter videos on his personal account, too.—Jacob Sweet, The New Yorker, 3 Jan. 2023
Most mammals exit the womb with hind limbs that measure only about 20 to 60 percent of their maximum size.—Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 11 Jan. 2023 Blood is continuously moving through arteries and veins and capillaries that measure 60,000 miles long.—Heather Lanier, Longreads, 10 Jan. 2023 Spruce up your bathroom with this two-piece set of oversized bath towels that measure 30 inches by 54 inches.—Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 One of the detection benches suspended in a vacuum chamber, hosting photodetectors that measure Virgo’s output light.—WIRED, 9 Jan. 2023 As 2023 dawns, two major academic organizations that measure the progress of inclusion in Hollywood are looking back at the track record for 2022 in film.—Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Jan. 2023 Biological age was determined by biomarkers that measure the performance of different organ systems and processes, including cardiovascular, renal (relating to the kidneys), respiratory, metabolic, immune and inflammatory biomarkers.—Kristen Rogers, CNN, 2 Jan. 2023 The sleep mat is a strip of fabric with pneumatic sensors that measure respiratory rate, heartbeats, and body movements as well as a sound sensor tuned to listen for snoring and gaps in breathing.—Kasandra Brabaw, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2022 To learn about that quantum state, researchers then measure all the qubits in the array.—Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 9 Jan. 2023 See More
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Middle English mesure "act of measuring, instrument for measuring, standard unit of quantity, size, measurable amount, proper proportion, moderation, tempurance," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin mensūra "act of measuring, dimension determined by measurement, amount, instrument for measuring," from mensus, past participle of mētior, mētīrī "to determine the extent of, mark off by measuring" + -ūra-ure; mētior verbal derivative of an Indo-European noun *meh1-ti- "act of measuring" (whence Old English mǣth "measure, degree, efficacy," Greek mêtis "measure, skill, craft," Sanskrit māti- "measure, correct understanding"), nominal derivative of a verbal base *meh1-, whence, as a reduplicated present, Sanskrit mímite "(s/he) measures, shares," Avestan framimaθā "(s/he) should arrange"
The irregular past participle mensus, alongside a regular derivative mētītus only found in later classical texts, may have been formed by analogy with pensus, past participle of pendere "to weigh."
Middle English mesuren "to calculate the measurements of, determine the extent of by measuring, apportion, moderate, control, judge," borrowed from Anglo-French mesurer, going back to Late Latin mensūrāre "to calculate the measurements of," derivative of mensūrameasure entry 1