Definition of Measure

1. Noun. Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal. "The police took steps to reduce crime"

2. Verb. Determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of. "Measure the length of the wall"
Exact synonyms: Measure Out, Mensurate
Specialized synonyms: Shoot, Triangulate, Caliper, Calliper, Calibrate
Generic synonyms: Decide, Determine, Make Up One's Mind
Derivative terms: Measurable, Measurement, Measurer, Measuring, Mensuration

3. Noun. How much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify.

4. Verb. Express as a number or measure or quantity. "Can you quantify your results?"
Exact synonyms: Quantify
Specialized synonyms: Gauge, Scale, Meter, Pace, Step, Clock, Time, Fathom, Sound, Titrate, Plumb, Librate, Weigh
Generic synonyms: Carry, Convey, Express
Derivative terms: Measurable, Measurement, Quantification, Quantity

5. Noun. A statute in draft before it becomes law. "They held a public hearing on the bill"
Exact synonyms: Bill
Terms within: Rider
Generic synonyms: Instrument, Legal Document, Legal Instrument, Official Document
Specialized synonyms: Appropriation Bill, Bill Of Attainder, Bottle Bill, Farm Bill, Trade Bill
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

6. Verb. Have certain dimensions. "This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Stand, Weigh, Endure, Last, Scale
Also: Measure Up

7. Noun. The act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule. "His mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"

8. Verb. Evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of. "Access all the factors when taking a risk"

9. Noun. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated. "They set the measure for all subsequent work"

10. Noun. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse.
Exact synonyms: Beat, Cadence, Meter, Metre
Category relationships: Metrics, Prosody
Generic synonyms: Poetic Rhythm, Prosody, Rhythmic Pattern
Specialized synonyms: Catalexis, Scansion, Common Measure, Common Meter, Foot, Metrical Foot, Metrical Unit
Derivative terms: Metrical, Metrical

11. Noun. Musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats. "The orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
Exact synonyms: Bar
Generic synonyms: Musical Notation

12. Noun. Measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements.

13. Noun. A container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance.
Generic synonyms: Container
Specialized synonyms: Measuring Cup

Definition of Measure

1. n. A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or multiples of which anything is estimated and stated; hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged.

2. v. t. To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to appraise.

3. v. i. To make a measurement or measurements.

Definition of Measure

1. Noun. The quantity, size, weight, distance or capacity of a substance compared to a designated standard. ¹

2. Noun. An (unspecified) quantity or capacity : ¹

3. Noun. The precise designated distance between two objects or points. ¹

4. Noun. The act of measuring. ¹

5. Noun. 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. ¹

6. Noun. A rule, ruler or measuring stick. ¹

7. Noun. A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation. ¹

8. Noun. (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. ¹

9. Noun. An indicator; Something used to assess some property. ¹

10. Verb. To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard. ¹

11. Verb. To estimate the unit size of something. ¹

12. Verb. To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments. ¹

13. Verb. (rare) To traverse, cross, pass along; to travel over. ¹

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Definition of Measure

1. to ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of [v -SURED, -SURING, -SURES]

Medical Definition of Measure

1. 1. To make a measurement or measurements. 2. To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally. 3. To be of a certain size or quantity, or to have a certain length, breadth, or thickness, or a certain capacity according to a standard measure; as, cloth measures three fourths of a yard; a tree measures three feet in diameter. 1. A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or multiples of which anything is estimated and stated; hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged. 2. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like. "False ells and measures be brought all clean adown." (R. Of Gloucester) 3. The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated; estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat. "The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea." (Job xi. 9) 4. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount. "It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal." (Luke xiii. 21) 5. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; especially. In the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure. "Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure." (Is. V. 14) 6. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion. "Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days." (Ps. Xxxix. 4) 7. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure. 8. Undefined quantity; extent; degree. "There is a great measure of discretion to be used in the performance of confession." (Jer. Taylor) 9. Regulated division of movement: The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure. 10. A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases, the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc, of two or more numbers. 11. A step or definite part of a progressive course or policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the accomplishment of an object; as, political measures; prudent measures; an inefficient measure. "His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken in the conferring that trust, and lamented his error." (Clarendon) 12. The act of measuring; measurement. 13. Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures. Lineal, or Long, measure, measure of length; the measure of lines or distances. Liquid measure, the measure of liquids. Square measure, the measure of superficial area of surfaces in square units, as inches, feet, miles, etc. To have hard measure, to have harsh treatment meted out to one; to be harshly or oppressively dealt with. To take measures, to make preparations; to provide means. To take one's measure, to measure one, as for a garment; hence, to form an opinion of one's disposition, character, ability, etc. To tread a measure, to dance in the style so called. See 9 . "Say to her, we have measured many miles To tread a measure with her on this grass." (Shak) Origin: OE. Mesure, F. Mesure, L. Mensura, fr. Metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr, E. Meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Measure

measly tapeworm
measurable function
measurable functions
measurable set
measurable sets
measurable space
measurable spaces
measure (current term)
measure of central tendency
measure of location
measure out
measure space
measure spaces
measure stick
measure theory
measure twice, cut once
measure twice and cut once
measure up
measure word
measure words

Literary usage of Measure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"When, therefore, money serves as a measure of value, it is employed only a* imaginary or ideal money. This circumstance has given rise to the wildest ..."

2. The Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare, Evangeline Maria O'Connor (1901)
"measure FOR measure. Preface. The First Edition. measure for measure ... attempt to fuse measure fcr measure and Much Ado About Nothing into one play. ..."

3. The Works of George Bull: D. D., Lord Bishop of St. David's by George Bull, Edward Burton, Robert Nelson (1827)
"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in ..."

4. Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary of Music by William Smythe Babcock Mathews, Emil Liebling (1896)
"measure; verse ; arrangement of poetical feet, or of long and short syllables ... A stanza of four lines in iambic measure, the syllables of each being in ..."

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