- The definition of a measure is the space, area, length or capacity of something, or the standard for finding these out.
An example of a measure is a yard being thirty six inches long.
- A measure is defined as a course of action, or a legislative bill.
- An example of a measure is exercising to become more healthy.
- An example of a measure is a decision to be made by the voters on a state ballot.
- Measure is defined as finding out the length or capacity of something using a rule or standard, or to compare or judge.
- An example of measure is using a ruler to find out the length of a piece of paper.
- An example of measure is an athlete deciding whether or not a competitor is a good match or not.
- the extent, dimensions, capacity, etc. of anything, esp. as determined by a standard
- the act or process of determining extent, dimensions, etc.; measurement
- a standard for determining extent, dimensions, etc.; unit of measurement, as an inch, yard, or bushel
- any standard of valuation, comparison, judgment, etc.; criterion
- a system of measurement: dry measure, board measure
- an instrument for measuring, or a container of standard capacity: a quart measure
- a definite quantity measured out or thought of as measured
- an extent or degree not to be exceeded: remain within measure
- proportion, quantity, or degree: in large measure
- a procedure; course of action; step: take measures to stop him
- a legislative bill, resolution, etc. that is proposed or has been enacted
- rhythm in verse; meter
- a metrical unit; foot of verse
- Archaic a dance or dance movement, esp. if slow and stately
- Old Poet. a melody or tune
- Geol., Rare related beds or strata, as of coal
- Music the notes or rests, or both, contained between two vertical lines on the staff; bar
- Printing the width of a column or page
Origin of measureMiddle English mesure ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin mensura ; from mensus, past participle of metiri, to measure ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mē-, to measure from source meal, Sanskrit mātrā, a measure, Classical Greek metron
transitive verbmeasured, measuring
- to find out or estimate the extent, dimensions, etc. of, esp. by the use of a standard
- to get, take, set apart, or mark off by measuring: often with off or out
- to estimate by comparison; judge; appraise: to measure one's foe
- to bring into comparison or rivalry: with against: to measure one's skill against another's
- to be a measure of: a clock measures time
- to adjust or proportion by a standard: to measure a speech by the listeners' reactions
- to choose or weigh carefully (one's words or actions)
- Now Rare to go over or through; traverse as if measuring
Origin of measureME mesuren < OFr mesurer < LL mensurare, to measure < the Latin n.
- to find out or estimate extent, dimensions, etc.; get or take measurements
- to be of a specified dimension, quantity, etc. when measured: a pole that measures ten feet
- to allow of measurement
beyond measureor above measure
for good measure
in a measure
made to measure
measure one's length
- to duel with swords
- to fight or contend
measure up to☆
take someone's measure
tread a measure
- a. A reference standard or sample used for the quantitative comparison of properties: The standard kilogram is maintained as a measure of mass.b. A unit specified by a scale, such as an inch, or by variable conditions, such as a day's march.c. A system of measurement, such as the metric system.d. The dimensions, quantity, or capacity of something as ascertained by comparison with a standard: curtains made to measure; took his measure for the suit jacket.e. A device used for measuring.f. The act of measuring: By measure the picture was four feet tall.
- An evaluation or a basis of comparison: “the final measure of the worth of a society” (Joseph Wood Krutch).
- Extent or degree: The problem was in large measure caused by his carelessness.
- a. A definite quantity that has been measured out: a measure of wine.b. A fitting amount: a measure of recognition.c. A limited amount or degree: a measure of goodwill.
- a. Limit; bounds: generosity knowing no measure.b. Appropriate restraint; moderation: “The union of &ellipsis; fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal” (William James).
- a. An action taken as a means to an end; an expedient: measures taken to improve energy efficiency.b. A law or ballot initiative adopted by a legislature as a remedy for a problem.
- a. Poetic meter.b. Music The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a bar.
verbmeas·ured, meas·ur·ing, meas·ures
- a. To ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of: measured the height of the ceiling.b. To mark, lay out, or establish dimensions for by measuring: measure off an area.c. To mark off or apportion, usually with reference to a given unit of measurement: measure out a pint of milk.d. To allot or distribute as if by measuring; mete: The revolutionary tribunal measured out harsh justice.
- a. To estimate by evaluation or comparison: “I gave them an account &ellipsis; of the situation as far as I could measure it” (Winston S. Churchill).b. To bring into comparison: She measured her power with that of a dangerous adversary.
- To serve as a measure of: The inch measures length.
- To consider or choose with care; weigh: He measures his words with caution.
- Archaic To travel over: “We must measure twenty miles today” (Shakespeare).
- To be of a specific measurement: The room measures 12 by 20 feet.
- To take a measurement.
- To allow of measurement: White sugar measures more easily than brown.
Origin of measureMiddle English, from Old French mesure, from Latin mēnsūra, from mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī, to measure; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
from “Roses of the South,” a waltz by Johann Strauss the Younger
- The quantity, size, weight, distance or capacity of a substance compared to a designated standard.
- An (unspecified) quantity or capacity.
- a measure of salt
- The precise designated distance between two objects or points.
- The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated.
- The tailor took my measure for a coat.
- The act of measuring.
- A musical designation consisting of all notes and or rests delineated by two vertical bars; an equal and regular division of the whole of a composition.
- (music) The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.
- (dancing) A regulated movement, especially in a slow and stately dance, corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed.
- (poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a metrical foot.
- a poem in iambic measure
- A rule, ruler or measuring stick.
- A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.
- He took drastic measures to halt inflation.
- (mathematics) A function that assigns a non-negative number to a given set following the mathematical nature that is common among length, volume, probability and the like.
- (arithmetic, dated) A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; a divisor.
- the greatest common measure of two or more numbers
- (geology) A bed or stratum.
- coal measures; lead measures
- An indicator; something used to assess some property.
- The average price of basic household goods is a measure for inflation. Honesty is the true measure of a man.
(third-person singular simple present measures, present participle measuring, simple past and past participle measured)
- To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.
- We measured the temperature with a thermometer. You should measure the angle with a spirit level.
- To estimate the unit size of something.
- I measure that at 10 centimetres.
- To judge, value, or appraise.
- To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.
- (rare) To traverse, cross, pass along; to travel over.
- To adjust by a rule or standard.
- To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; often with out or off.
From Middle English mesure, from French mesure, from Latin mēnsūra (“a measuring, rule, something to measure by”), from mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī (“to measure, mete”). Displaced native Middle English mǣte, mete (“measure”) (n.) (from Old English met (“measure”), compare Old English mitta (“a measure”)), Middle English ameten, imeten (“to measure”) (from Old English āmetan, ġemetan "to mete, measure), Middle English hof, hoof (“measure, reason”) (from Old Norse hōf (“measure, reason”)), Old English mǣþ (“measure, degree”).