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Definition of measure:

  1. 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.
  2. A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
  6. Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures.
  7. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion.
  8. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
  9. Regulated division of movement
  10. The act of measuring; measurement.
  11. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount.
  12. 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.
  13. The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.
  14. The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.
  15. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure.
  16. The space between two bars.
  17. To adjust by a rule or standard.
  18. To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; - often with out or off.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To make a measurement or measurements.
  22. To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance.
  23. To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally.
  24. To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.
  25. Undefined quantity; extent; degree.


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