Definition of "measure" []

  • Dimensions, quantity, or capacity as ascertained by comparison with a standard. (noun)
  • A reference standard or sample used for the quantitative comparison of properties: The standard kilogram is maintained as a measure of mass. (noun)
  • A unit specified by a scale, such as an inch, or by variable conditions, such as a day's march. (noun)
  • A system of measurement, such as the metric system. (noun)
  • A device used for measuring. (noun)
  • The extent, quantity, amount, or degree of something, as determined by measurement or calculation (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A device for measuring distance, volume, etc, such as a graduated scale or container (noun)
  • A system of measurement (noun)
  • A standard used in a system of measurements (noun)
  • A specific or standard amount of something (noun)
  • A basis or standard for comparison (noun)
  • Reasonable or permissible limit or bounds (noun)
  • Degree or extent (often in phrases such as in some measure, in a measure, etc) (noun)
  • A particular action intended to achieve an effect (noun)
  • A legislative bill, act, or resolution (noun)
  • Poetic rhythm or cadence; metre (noun)
  • A metrical foot (noun)
  • A melody or tune (noun)
  • The act of measuring; measurement (noun)
  • A dance (noun)
  • The width of a page or column of type (noun)
  • To determine the size, amount, etc, of by measurement (verb)
  • To make a measurement or measurements (verb)
  • To estimate or determine (verb)
  • To function as a measurement of (verb)
  • To bring into competition or conflict (verb)
  • To be as specified in extent, amount, etc (verb)
  • To travel or move over as if measuring (verb)
  • To adjust or choose (verb)
  • To allow or yield to measurement (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "measure" in a sentence
  • "It is interesting to find that when "measured music" was finally inaugurated there were at first but two measure-signatures, viz. -- the circle, standing for three-beat measure (the so-called _perfect measure_) and the semi-circle (or broken circle) which indicated two-beat measure."
  • "Because I had so earnestly advocated Emancipation as a war measure at a time when even the most fiery and advanced Abolition papers, such as the _Tribune_, were holding back and shouting _pas trop de zele_ -- and as it proved wisely, by advocating it publicly -- _merely as a war measure_ -- the President, at the request of George H. Boker, actually signed for me fifty duplicate very handsome copies of the Proclamation of"
  • "IV. vii.3 (461,1) every measure fail me] All good which I shall allot thee, or _measure out_ to thee, will be scanty."