measure [mezh′ər]
[ME mesure < OFr < L mensura < mensus, pp. of metiri, to measure < IE base * mē-, to measure > MEAL1, Sans mātrā, a measure, Gr metron]
1. the extent, dimensions, capacity, etc. of anything, esp. as determined by a standard
2. the act or process of determining extent, dimensions, etc.; measurement
a) a standard for determining extent, dimensions, etc.; unit of measurement, as an inch, yard, or bushel
b) any standard of valuation, comparison, judgment, etc.; criterion
4. a system of measurement [dry measure, board measure]
5. an instrument for measuring, or a container of standard capacity [a quart measure]
6. a definite quantity measured out or thought of as measured
7. an extent or degree not to be exceeded [remain within measure]
8. proportion, quantity, or degree [in large measure]
9. a procedure; course of action; step [take measures to stop him]
10. a legislative bill, resolution, etc. that is proposed or has been enacted
a) rhythm in verse; meter
b) a metrical unit; foot of verse
12. Archaic a dance or dance movement, esp. if slow and stately
13. Old Poet. a melody or tune
14. [pl.] Geol. Rare related beds or strata, as of coal
15. Music the notes or rests, or both, contained between two vertical lines on the staff; bar
16. Printing the width of a column or page
measured, measuring [ME mesuren < OFr mesurer < LL mensurare, to measure < the Latin n.]
1. to find out or estimate the extent, dimensions, etc. of, esp. by the use of a standard
2. to get, take, set apart, or mark off by measuring: often with off or out
3. to estimate by comparison; judge; appraise [to measure one's foe]
4. to bring into comparison or rivalry: with against [to measure one's skill against another's]
5. to be a measure of [a clock measures time]
6. to adjust or proportion by a standard [to measure a speech by the listeners' reactions]
7. to choose or weigh carefully (one's words or actions)
8. Now Rare to go over or through; traverse as if measuring
1. to find out or estimate extent, dimensions, etc.; get or take measurements
2. to be of a specified dimension, quantity, etc. when measured [a pole that measures ten feet]
3. to allow of measurement
beyond measure or above measure
so much as not to be measurable; exceedingly; extremely
for good measure
as a bonus or something extra
in a measure
to some extent; somewhat
made to measure
made to fit someone's own measurements; custom-made: said of clothes
measure one's length
to fall, lie, or be thrown down at full length
measure out
to give out or allot by measuring
measure swords
1. to duel with swords
2. to fight or contend
☆ measure up
to prove to be competent or qualified
☆ measure up to
to come up to; meet (expectations, a standard, etc.)
take measures
to take action; do things to accomplish a purpose
take someone's measure
to make an estimate or judgment of someone's ability, character, etc.
tread a measure
to dance

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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