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Definitions of measure

  1. place a value on; judge the worth of something; " I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"
  2. ( prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  3. a statute in draft before it becomes law; " they held a public hearing on the bill"
  4. a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; " they set the measure for all subsequent work"
  5. have certain dimensions; " This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
  6. any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; " the situation called for strong measures"; " the police took steps to reduce crime"
  7. the act or process of measuring; " the measurements were carefully done"; " his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
  8. measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
  9. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; " the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
  10. express as a number or measure or quantity; " Can you quantify your results?"
  11. determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of; " Measure the length of the wall"
  12. how much there is of something that you can quantify
  13. 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.
  14. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
  15. 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.
  16. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount.
  17. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
  18. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion.
  19. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure.
  20. Undefined quantity; extent; degree.
  21. Regulated division of movement
  22. A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet.
  23. The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.
  24. The space between two bars.
  25. The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. The act of measuring; measurement.
  29. Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures.
  30. 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.
  31. To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.
  32. To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance.
  33. To adjust by a rule or standard.
  34. To make a measurement or measurements.
  35. To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally.
  36. 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.
  37. Moderation.
  38. To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; - often with out or off.
  39. A unit or standard of measurement. ( Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
  40. The standard by which the volume or extent of anything is compared; as, the light given by a candle is the measure by which the power of other light is calculated; size or quantity, determined by the rule or standard; hence, standard of judgment, criticism, etc.; extent, or length, breadth, and thickness of a thing; proportion; a divisor leaving no remainder; as, five is a common measure of ten and fifteen; an instrument or vessel for finding length, quantity, etc.; as, a yard or a quart measure; a system of fixing quantities; as, dry measure, a system of fixing quantities; as, dry measure, etc.; musical time; meter in poetry; a law or a legislative bill; method or step; as, to take measures to accomplish a purpose.
  41. To find out the extent, size, or volume of; mark out; confine within a limit; give out by a rule; estimate; determine by rule or standard; regulate.
  42. To take dimensions; extend or be of a given length.
  43. Measurable.
  44. MEASURABLY.
  45. That by which extent is ascertained or expressed: the extent of anything: a rule by which anything is adjusted: proportion: a stated quantity: degree: extent: moderation: means to an end: metre: musical time.
  46. To ascertain the dimensions of: to adjust: to mark out: to allot.
  47. To have a certain extent: to be equal or uniform.
  48. Expression, or standard, of extent; extent; stated quantity; degree; moderation; metre; musical time; means to an end.
  49. To ascertain the dimensions of; adjust; allot.
  50. To have a certain extent.
  51. To take the dimensions of; weigh; judge.
  52. To take the messure of something; show on measurement, a ( specified) extent.
  53. Measureless.
  54. The extent of anything.
  55. A standard, instrument, or vessel of measurement.
  56. A quantity messured.
  57. A specific act or course of action; a legislative bill.
  58. Division of time, as in music; meter, as in verse.
  59. Geol. Related strata.
  60. Beds or strata.
  61. The extent or dimensions of a thing; that by which extent or dimension is ascertained or expressed; a definite quantity; determined extent; standard; proportion; lot or portion; extent of ability; degree; just degree; moderation; means to an end; that division by which motion in music is regulated; time; metre.
  62. To ascertain or express the dimensions of; to estimate; to pass over: to adjust; to allot or distribute by measure.
  63. The whole extent or dimensions of a thing; the unit or standard by which the extent or volume of anything is ascertained; in arith., a division that leaves no remainder; settled or stated quantity; limit; degree; allotment; moderation; metre in poetry; movement regulated by the time of music; stately dance; the division of the time by which the air and motion of music are regulated; any act by which a final object or end may be attained, as a legislative measure; in plu., means to an end; proceedings; in geol., beds or strata.
  64. To compute or ascertain the extent, size, or capacity of anything by means of a certain unit or standard; to judge of quantity, extent, or greatness; to proportion; to be of a certain extent.
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Quotes of measure

  1. The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure – William Blake
  2. Saddam Hussein was a brutal tyrant. I am glad he is now on trial for crimes against humanity. But, opposition to a dictator is not the measure I use when deciding whether to send our men and women in uniform off to war and possible death. – Peter DeFazio
  3. Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. – Galileo Galilei
  4. It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance. – Harold S. Geneen
  5. What I worry about is climate change, because that would have untold effects that we can't even measure yet. – Susan George
  6. How does one measure the success of a museum? – Paul Getty
  7. The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught. – Lord Kelvin
  8. The most interesting thing about the idea of money is that it makes it possible to measure something in previous ages we couldn't be sure about, and that something is power. – Daniel Keys Moran
  9. I think there is a tendency in science to measure what is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting. – Donald Norman
  10. I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. – George S. Patton
  11. Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example? – Dennis Prager
  12. No man can in any measure resemble the scripture saints. – Charles Simeon
  13. Many scientists will have to contribute to the solution of the great problem; they will have to follow up and measure all those phenomena in which the atomic structure is directly expressed. – Johannes Stark
  14. A dwarf who brings a standard along with him to measure his own size, take my word, is a dwarf in more articles than one. – Laurence Sterne
  15. Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then? – Walt Whitman

Usage examples for measure

  1. Opportunity is the measure of a nation's responsibility. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  2. When she related the adventure to her uncle he was delighted beyond measure and must needs bless her and kiss her. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  3. He stopped me in the street as I was driving to the station in my own carriage, when the diamonds were with me;- which was a very strong measure I think. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  4. What they can do, yes, we can do- and add something for good measure if need be! – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  5. Though you shall have that too, for good measure – Bright-Wits, Prince of Mogadore by Burren Laughlin and L. L. Flood
  6. This was true, but only in a measure – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond
  7. For what, now he came to measure them beside her, were those things he brought her, those things he came to offer, that career which he was going to ask her to share? – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman
  8. Never mind, there he was, bright as crystal, for me to measure my importance against! – Prose Fancies by Richard Le Gallienne
  9. Let us see the measure of truth in the statement. – Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement by Alva Agee
  10. But my attention was gradually turned in a measure from this subject, by being introduced into the society of young women. – Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself by Henry Bibb
  11. He speaks in the name of the Gods, and they measure hearts with an equal measure – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. He was only a quarter of an hour with the girl, but this gave him time to take the measure of it. – The-Chaperon by James, Henry
  13. We cannot understand this; but our understanding is never a measure of what is true. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  14. " In a great measure said Max. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  15. When Prince saw the measure of oats, he wanted some to eat. – Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm by Helen Fuller Orton
  16. It was all very well to talk about the progress of mankind, but that was the only measure to be considered. – Progress Report by Mark Clifton Alex Apostolides
  17. And the paper could serve as a measure of values. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  18. See, the gentlemen are waiting I Let us finish out this measure you and me. – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  19. Put your rule to my feet and measure me; but hurry up, please! – The-Life-of-Phineas-T-Barnum by Benton, Joel
  20. In the measure of thy trust shall be the measure of thy joy and peace. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren

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