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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)

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.

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."