Definitions for measureˈmɛʒ ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

meas•ureˈmɛʒ ər(n.; v.)-ured, -ur•ing.

  1. (n.)a unit or standard of measurement.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. a system of measurement.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  3. an instrument, as a graduated rod or a container of standard capacity, for measuring.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  4. the extent, dimensions, quantity, etc., of something, ascertained esp. by comparison with a standard.

  5. the act or process of ascertaining the extent, dimensions, or quantity of something; measurement.

  6. a definite or known quantity measured out:

    a measure of wine.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  7. any standard of comparison, estimation, or judgment.

  8. a quantity, degree, or proportion.

  9. a moderate amount.

  10. reasonable bounds or limits:

    spending without measure.

  11. a legislative bill or enactment.

    Category: Government

  12. Usu., measures. actions or procedures intended as a means to an end:

    measures to avert suspicion.

  13. a short rhythmical movement or arrangement, as in poetry or music.

    Category: Prosody

  14. a particular kind of such arrangement.

    Category: Prosody

  15. the music contained between two bar lines; bar.

    Category: Music and Dance

  16. a metrical unit.

    Category: Prosody

  17. an air or melody.

    Category: Music and Dance

  18. a slow, dignified dance.

    Category: Music and Dance

  19. measures,Geol. beds; strata.

    Category: Geology

  20. (v.t.)to ascertain the extent, dimensions, quantity, capacity, etc., of, esp. by comparison with a standard.

  21. to mark off or deal out by way of measurement (often fol. by off or out):

    to measure out a cup of flour.

  22. to estimate the relative amount, value, etc., of, by comparison with some standard.

  23. to judge or appraise by comparison with something or someone else.

  24. to serve as the measure of.

  25. to adjust or proportion.

  26. to travel over; traverse.

  27. (v.i.)to take measurements.

  28. to admit of measurement.

  29. to be of a specified measure.

  30. measure up, to attain equality: to have the right qualifications:

    The exhibition didn't measure up to last year's.

    He didn't quite measure up.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for measure:

  1. for good measure, as an extra:

    In addition to dessert, they served chocolates for good measure.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in a or some measure, to some extent.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of measure:

1250–1300; < MF < L mēnsūra=mēns(us) measured +-ūra -ure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. measure, step(noun)

    any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

    "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"

  2. measure, quantity, amount(noun)

    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

  3. bill, measure(noun)

    a statute in draft before it becomes law

    "they held a public hearing on the bill"

  4. measurement, measuring, measure, mensuration(noun)

    the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule

    "the measurements were carefully done"; "his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"

  5. standard, criterion, measure, touchstone(noun)

    a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

    "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"

  6. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence(noun)

    (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

  7. measure, bar(noun)

    musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

    "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"

  8. measuring stick, measure, measuring rod(noun)

    measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements

  9. measure(verb)

    a container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance

  10. measure, mensurate, measure out(verb)

    determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of

    "Measure the length of the wall"

  11. quantify, measure(verb)

    express as a number or measure or quantity

    "Can you quantify your results?"

  12. measure(verb)

    have certain dimensions

    "This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"

  13. measure, evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise, value(verb)

    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

    "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"; "access all the factors when taking a risk"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. measure(verb)ˈmɛʒ ər

    to find out how big, fast, etc. sth or sb is

    You need to measure each piece of wood.; Measure from the top of your leg to your ankle.

  2. measureˈmɛʒ ər

    to judge the quality of sth

    His love should not be measured by the value of his gifts.

  3. measureˈmɛʒ ər

    to be a particular length, width, height, etc.

    The tables measures 2 meters.

  4. measure(noun)ˈmɛʒ ər

    a way of dealing with sth

    We have taken precautionary measures to prevent bird flu.; a temporary measure until we can get the window fixed

  5. measureˈmɛʒ ər

    an indication of quality or level

    the test results are a measure of general fitness

  6. measureˈmɛʒ ər

    an unspecified amount of sth

    The report has been received with a measure of skepticism.

  7. measureˈmɛʒ ər

    a measured amount of sth

    a measure of alcohol

  8. measureˈmɛʒ ər

    in addition, often as an improvement

    Put a few cherries on top for good measure.


  1. measure(Noun)

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

  2. measure(Noun)

    An (unspecified) quantity or capacity :

    a measure of salt

  3. measure(Noun)

    The precise designated distance between two objects or points.

  4. measure(Noun)

    The act of measuring.

  5. measure(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.

  6. measure(Noun)

    A rule, ruler or measuring stick.

  7. measure(Noun)

    A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.

    He took drastic measures to halt inflation.

  8. measure(Noun)

    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.

  9. measure(Noun)

    An indicator; Something used to assess some property.

  10. measure(Verb)

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

  11. measure(Verb)

    To estimate the unit size of something.

    I measure that at 10 centimetres.

  12. measure(Verb)

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

  13. measure(Verb)

    To traverse, cross, pass along; to travel over.

  14. Origin: mesure, from mesure, from mensura, from mensus, past participle of metiri. Displaced native mete (n.) (from met, compare mitta), ameten, imeten (from āmetan, ġemetan "to mete, measure), hof (from hof), mæþ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Measure(noun)

    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. Measure(noun)

    an instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like

  3. Measure(noun)

    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

  4. Measure(noun)

    the contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount

  5. Measure(noun)

    extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure

  6. Measure(noun)

    determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion

  7. Measure(noun)

    the quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure

  8. Measure(noun)

    undefined quantity; extent; degree

  9. Measure(noun)

    regulated division of movement

  10. Measure(noun)

    a regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet

  11. Measure(noun)

    the group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats

  12. Measure(noun)

    the space between two bars

  13. Measure(adj)

    the manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure

  14. Measure(adj)

    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

  15. Measure(adj)

    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

  16. Measure(adj)

    the act of measuring; measurement

  17. Measure(adj)

    beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures

  18. Measure(noun)

    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

  19. Measure(noun)

    to serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature

  20. Measure(noun)

    to pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance

  21. Measure(noun)

    to adjust by a rule or standard

  22. Measure(noun)

    to allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; -- often with out or off

  23. Measure(verb)

    to make a measurement or measurements

  24. Measure(verb)

    to result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally

  25. Measure(verb)

    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. Measure

    In mathematical analysis, a measure on a set is a systematic way to assign a number to each suitable subset of that set, intuitively interpreted as its size. In this sense, a measure is a generalization of the concepts of length, area, and volume. A particularly important example is the Lebesgue measure on a Euclidean space, which assigns the conventional length, area, and volume of Euclidean geometry to suitable subsets of the -dimensional Euclidean space . For instance, the Lebesgue measure of the interval in the real numbers is its length in the everyday sense of the word – specifically, 1. Technically, a measure is a function that assigns a non-negative real number or +∞ to subsets of a set . It must assign 0 to the empty set and be additive: the measure of a 'large' subset that can be decomposed into a finite number of 'smaller' disjoint subsets, is the sum of the measures of the "smaller" subsets. In general, if one wants to associate a consistent size to each subset of a given set while satisfying the other axioms of a measure, one only finds trivial examples like the counting measure. This problem was resolved by defining measure only on a sub-collection of all subsets; the so-called measurable subsets, which are required to form a -algebra. This means that countable unions, countable intersections and complements of measurable subsets are measurable. Non-measurable sets in a Euclidean space, on which the Lebesgue measure cannot be defined consistently, are necessarily complicated in the sense of being badly mixed up with their complement. Indeed, their existence is a non-trivial consequence of the axiom of choice.thth

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    Rank popularity for the word 'measure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2204

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'measure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2682

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'measure' in Nouns Frequency: #394

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'measure' in Verbs Frequency: #315

Translations for measure

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an instrument for finding the size, amount etc of something

a glass measure for liquids; a tape-measure.

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