Definitions of measure

  1.   how much there is of something that you can quantify
  2.   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.   A specific act or course of action; a legislative bill.
  4.   Undefined quantity; extent; degree.
  5.   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.
  6.   Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures.
  7.   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.
  8.   To have a certain extent: to be equal or uniform.
  10.   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.
  11.   The act of measuring; measurement.
  12.   ( prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  13.   Geol. Related strata.
  14.   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.
  15.   The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.
  16.   musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; " the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
  17.   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.
  18.   Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
  19.   To adjust by a rule or standard.
  20.   Beds or strata.
  21.   To make a measurement or measurements.
  22.   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.
  23.   A quantity messured.
  24.   measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
  25.   The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure.
  26.   A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet.
  27.   Moderation.
  28.   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.
  29.   place a value on; judge the worth of something; " I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"
  30.   a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; " they set the measure for all subsequent work"
  31.   Division of time, as in music; meter, as in verse.
  32.   Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion.
  33.   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.
  34.   The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount.
  35.   The space between two bars.
  36.   a statute in draft before it becomes law; " they held a public hearing on the bill"
  37.   To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; - often with out or off.
  38.   To have a certain extent.
  39.   To take dimensions; extend or be of a given length.
  40.   Measureless.
  41.   Measurable.
  42.   To ascertain the dimensions of; adjust; allot.
  43.   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.
  44.   To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally.
  45.   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.
  46.   A unit or standard of measurement. ( Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
  47.   The extent of anything.
  48.   To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance.
  49.   any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; " the situation called for strong measures"; " the police took steps to reduce crime"
  50.   To take the messure of something; show on measurement, a ( specified) extent.
  51.   have certain dimensions; " This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
  52.   express as a number or measure or quantity; " Can you quantify your results?"
  53.   Regulated division of movement
  54.   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.
  55.   The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.
  56.   To ascertain the dimensions of: to adjust: to mark out: to allot.
  57.   To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.
  58.   A standard, instrument, or vessel of measurement.
  59.   determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of; " Measure the length of the wall"
  60.   the act or process of measuring; " the measurements were carefully done"; " his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
  61.   An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
  62.   Expression, or standard, of extent; extent; stated quantity; degree; moderation; metre; musical time; means to an end.
  63.   To take the dimensions of; weigh; judge.
  64.   To ascertain or express the dimensions of; to estimate; to pass over: to adjust; to allot or distribute by measure.

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. We cannot understand this; but our understanding is never a measure of what is true. ” – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Put your rule to my feet and measure me; but hurry up, please! ” – The-Life-of-Phineas-T-Barnum by Benton, Joel
  5. 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
  6. Never mind, there he was, bright as crystal, for me to measure my importance against! ” – Prose Fancies by Richard Le Gallienne
  7. And the paper could serve as a measure of values. ” – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  8. Let us see the measure of truth in the statement. ” – Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement by Alva Agee
  9. What they can do, yes, we can do- and add something for good measure if need be! ” – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  10. 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
  11. When Prince saw the measure of oats, he wanted some to eat. ” – Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm by Helen Fuller Orton
  12. “ " In a great measure said Max. ” – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  13. This was true, but only in a measure – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond
  14. Though you shall have that too, for good measure – Bright-Wits, Prince of Mogadore by Burren Laughlin and L. L. Flood
  15. 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
  16. Opportunity is the measure of a nation's responsibility. ” – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  17. 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
  18. See, the gentlemen are waiting I Let us finish out this measure you and me. ” – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  19. 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
  20. “ 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

Idioms for measure