◄ Measure ►

1. (n.) 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.

2. (n.) An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.

3. (n.) 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.

4. (n.) The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount.

5. (n.) Extent or degree not excessive or beyond bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.

6. (n.) Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion.

7. (n.) The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure.

8. (n.) Undefined quantity; extent; degree.

9. (n.) Regulated division of movement

10. (n.) A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet.

11. (n.) The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.

12. (n.) The space between two bars.

13. (n.) The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.

14. (n.) 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.

15. (n.) 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.

16. (n.) The act of measuring; measurement.

17. (a.) Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures.

18. (n.) 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.

19. (n.) To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.

20. (n.) To pass through or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance.

21. (n.) To adjust by a rule or standard.

22. (n.) To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; -- often with out or off.

23. (v. i.) To make a measurement or measurements.

24. (v. i.) To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally.

25. (v. i.) 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.

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