- 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.
- (mathematics): positive measure, signed measure, complex measure, Borel measure, Ïƒ-finite measure, complete measure, Lebesgue measure
(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 mÄ“nsÅ«ra (â€œa measuring, rule, something to measure byâ€), from mÄ“nsus, past participle of mÄ“tÄ«rÄ« (â€œto measure, meteâ€). Displaced native Middle English mÇ£te, mete (â€œmeasureâ€) (n.) (from Old English met (â€œmeasureâ€), compare Old English mitta (â€œa measureâ€)), Middle English ameten, imeten (â€œto measureâ€) (from Old English Ämetan, Ä¡emetan "to mete, measure), Middle English hof, hoof (â€œmeasure, reasonâ€) (from Old Norse hÅf (â€œmeasure, reasonâ€)), Old English mÇ£Ã¾ (â€œmeasure, degreeâ€).