### What does **measure** mean?

# Definitions for measure

ˈmɛʒ ərmea·sure

#### Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word **measure**.

### Princeton's WordNet

measure, stepnoun

any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

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

measure, quantity, amountnoun

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

bill, measurenoun

a statute in draft before it becomes law

"they held a public hearing on the bill"

measurement, measuring, measure, mensurationnoun

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

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

standard, criterion, measure, touchstonenoun

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"

meter, metre, measure, beat, cadencenoun

(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

measure, barnoun

musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

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

measuring stick, measure, measuring rodnoun

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

measureverb

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

measure, mensurate, measure outverb

determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of

"Measure the length of the wall"

quantify, measureverb

express as a number or measure or quantity

"Can you quantify your results?"

measureverb

have certain dimensions

"This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"

measure, evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise, valueverb

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"

### GCIDE

measurenoun

(Arith.) 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; a denominator. See common denominator under denominator.

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]

### Wiktionary

measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

An (unspecified) quantity or capacity :

a measure of salt

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

The precise designated distance between two objects or points.

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

The act of measuring.

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

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.

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

A rule, ruler or measuring stick.

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.

He took drastic measures to halt inflation.

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

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.

**Etymology:**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.measurenoun

An indicator; Something used to assess some property.

**Etymology:**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.measureverb

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

**Etymology:**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.measureverb

To estimate the unit size of something.

I measure that at 10 centimetres.

**Etymology:**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.measureverb

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

**Etymology:**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.measureverb

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

**Etymology:**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

Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

undefined quantity; extent; degree

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

regulated division of movement

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

the space between two bars

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureadjective

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureadjective

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureadjective

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureadjective

the act of measuring; measurement

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureadjective

beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

to adjust by a rule or standard

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measurenoun

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureverb

to make a measurement or measurements

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureverb

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]Measureverb

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

**Etymology:**[OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]

### Freebase

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

### Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

Measure

mezh′ūr,

*n*. that by which extent is ascertained or expressed: the size of anything: a rule or standard by which anything is adjusted (*Apothecaries'*,*Cubic*,*Decimal*,*Dry*,*Liquid*, &c.): (*politics*) a proposal or plan by which some end can be brought about: proportion: a stated quantity: degree: extent: moderation: means to an end: metre: (*mus*.) that division of time, containing a specified number of beats, by which the air and motion of music are regulated: rate of movement, time, rhythm, metre, arrangement of syllables in poetry: a slow and stately dance, as the minuet: (*print*.) the width of a page or column, usually in*ems*: (*pl*.,*geol*.) a series of beds or strata.—*v.t.*to ascertain the dimensions of: to adjust by a rule or standard: to mark out: to allot: to show a certain measurement.—*v.i.*to be of a certain size: to be equal or uniform.—*adj*.**Meas′urable**, that may be measured or computed: moderate: in small quantity or extent.—*n.***Meas′urableness**, the quality of being measurable.—*adv.***Meas′urably**.—*adjs.***Meas′ured**, of a certain measure: equal: uniform: steady: restricted;**Meas′ureless**, boundless: immense.—*ns.***Meas′urement**, the act of measuring: quantity found by measuring—(**Measurement goods**, light goods carried for charges according to bulk, not weight);**Meas′urer**, one who, or that which, measures.—*adj.***Meas′uring**, that measures, or fitted for measuring.—**Measure one's length**, to fall or be thrown down at full length;**Measure strength**, to engage in a contest;**Measure swords**, to fight with swords: to try one's skill against.—**Above**, or**Beyond**,**measure**, to an exceedingly great degree;**In a measure**, to some degree.—**Take measures**, to adopt means (to gain an end);**Take one's measure**, to find out what one is, and what he can or cannot do;**Tread a measure**, to dance;**Use hard measures**, to apply harsh treatment to;**Within measure**, moderately;**Without measure**, immoderately. [O. Fr.*mesure*—L.*mensura*, a measure—*metīri*, to measure.]

### Dictionary of Nautical Terms

measure

A comprehensive term including length, surface, time, weight, solidity, capacity, and force of gravity.

### Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

measure

To compute or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity of, by a certain rule or standard.

### Editors Contribution

measure

A process to review for progress.

They did measure the effect they were having on each other and agreed it was a kind and effective one.

Submitted by MaryC on April 2, 2020measure

To express as a number or quantity.

He did measure up for the curtains to ensure they were up on the rail before the wedding.

Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

### Numerology

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of measure in Chaldean Numerology is:

**8**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of measure in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**1**

### Examples of measure in a Sentence

I don't know if there's a way to

**measure**Sony Open.Let no one till his death be called unhappy.

**Measure**not the work until the day's out and the labor done.The reliance on property is...the want of self-reliance. Men

**measure**the esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is. But a cultivated man becomes ashamed of his property...(Essays)Wherever a set of alternative possible routes toward achieving a given end presents itself, a student movement will tend to choose the one which involves a higher

**measure**of violence or humiliation directed against the older generation.Our hope is that Aleppo could be a signal of goodwill, a confidence-building

**measure**which could and can facilitate the re-starting of a political process with a clear political horizon.

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## Translations for **measure**

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- ашəараAbkhaz
- قاس, قياسArabic
- үлсәү, сараBashkir
- паме́раць, ме́рацьBelarusian
- mesura, mesurar, amidarCatalan, Valencian
- míra, takt, opatření, měřitCzech
- Maß, Messung, Maßnahme, messen, abmessenGerman
- μέτρο, μετρώGreek
- mezuriEsperanto
- medición, medida, regla, compás, medirSpanish
- mõõtmine, mõõde, meedeEstonian
- خطکش, سنجش, اندازهگیری, اندازه گیریPersian
- tahti, mittari, etäisyys, mitta, toimenpide, määrä, mittaus, mittatikku, mitataFinnish
- mesure, mesures, mesurerFrench
- tomhas, tomhaisScottish Gaelic
- medida, medirGalician
- מד, מדד, סרגל, מידהHebrew
- मापHindi
- mértéket veszHungarian
- չափելArmenian
- ukurIndonesian
- misurazione, regolo, misura, righello, funzione di misura, misurareItalian
- 小節, 措置, 計る, 測る, 量るJapanese
- 치수를 재다, 재다Korean
- پێواندنKurdish
- metimurLatin
- mērs, mērīšanaLatvian
- refyMalagasy
- mēhua, rūri, ine, tātai, whātauMāori
- ukurMalay
- måleNorwegian
- afstand, regel, maatregel, maat, hoeveelheid, lat, lineaal, maatstaf, meten, meetlat, schatten, afmetenDutch
- måle, mæleNorwegian Nynorsk
- målNorwegian
- pagèla, mesurar, pagelarOccitan
- pomiar, miara, środek, mierzyć, zmierzyćPolish
- indicador, medida, medidor, medição, compasso, providência, medir, a medidaPortuguese
- masira, imsüra, mesira, masüra, maseira, mesirar, masürar, masirar, imsürer, misirarRomansh
- măsură, linie, riglă, distanță, tact, măsurareRomanian
- ме́ра, измере́ние, такт, заме́р, измеря́ть, обмеря́ть, обме́рить, изме́рить, ме́рить, измерениеRussian
- medida, mesura, misura, metire, mediri, medireSardinian
- meraSerbo-Croatian
- mått, avstånd, mätning, takt, mäta, mäta uppSwedish
- วัดThai
- ölçmekTurkish
- muzeure, muzurerWalloon

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