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Dictionary Definition

measure

Noun

1 the act or process of measuring; "the measurements were carefully done"; "his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate" [syn: measurement, measuring, mensuration]
2 a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work" [syn: standard, criterion, touchstone]
3 how much there is of something that you can quantify [syn: quantity, amount]
4 any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime" [syn: step]
5 a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a public hearing on the bill" [syn: bill]
6 (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse [syn: meter, metre, beat, cadence]
7 musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song" [syn: bar]
8 measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements [syn: measuring stick, measuring rod]

Verb

1 determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of; "Measure the length of the wall" [syn: mensurate, measure out]
2 express as a number or measure or quantity; "Can you quantify your results?" [syn: quantify]
3 have certain dimensions; "This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
4 place a value on; judge the worth of something; "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional" [syn: evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise, value]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Of origin, from mesure, from mensura.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The quantity, size, weight, distance or capacity of a substance compared to a designated standard.
  2. An (unspecified) quantity or capacity :
    a measure of salt
    The unwise man never knows the measure of his stomach. — from the Hávamál
  3. The precise designated distance between two objects or points.
  4. The act of measuring.
  5. 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. A rule, ruler or measuring stick.
  7. A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.
    He took drastic measures to halt inflation.
  8. 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. 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.

Synonyms

Translations

quantity etc. compared to a standard
  • Czech: míra
  • Dutch: maat
  • Finnish: mitta
  • German: Maß
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Italian: misura
  • Swedish: mått
unspecified quantity or capacity
  • Dutch: maat, hoeveelheid
designated distance
  • Dutch: afstand
act of measuring
  • Dutch: meten
  • Finnish: mittaaminen
  • German: Messung
  • Italian: misurazione, misura
  • Kurdish:
  • Swedish: mätning
musical designation
  • Czech: takt
  • Dutch: maat
  • Finnish: tahti
  • Swedish: takt
ruler
  • Dutch: regel, meetlat, lat, lineaal
  • Finnish: mitta
  • Hebrew:
  • Italian: righello , regolo
tactic or strategy
  • Czech: opatření
  • Dutch: maatregel
  • German: Maßnahme
  • Swedish: mått
special mathematical function
indicator
  • Dutch: maat, maatstaf
  • German: Maß
  • Hebrew:

Verb

  1. To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.
  2. To estimate the unit size of something.
  3. To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.

Translations

ascertain the quantity of a unit
estimate the unit size
  • Dutch: meten, schatten
  • Finnish: mitata
  • Italian: misurare
  • Kurdish:
  • Swedish: mäta
obtain or set apart
  • Dutch: afmeten
  • German: abmessen
  • Swedish: mäta upp

Extensive Definition

Measure can mean:
  • Measurement, the process of estimating the magnitude of some attribute of an object relative to some unit of measurement
  • Measure (mathematics), a way to assign non-negative real numbers to subsets
  • Measure (physics), a way to integrate over all possible histories of a system in quantum field theory
  • Bar (music) or measure is a unit of time in Western music representing a regular grouping of beats
  • Bill (proposed law) or proposed measure, or, in the Church of England, a law the equivalent of an Act passed by Parliament
  • Countermeasure, is a system designed to prevent weapons from acquiring and/or destroying a target
  • Coal measure is a seam of coal
  • Measure (termination), a way to describe termination of processes, algorithms, or functions
  • Measure (bartending) (also called a "jigger"), a bartending tool used to measure liquor
measure in German: Maß
measure in Spanish: Medida
measure in French: Mesure
measure in Italian: Misura
measure in Hebrew: מידה

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