Definition of measure
What does the word measure mean?
part of speech: verb transitive
Ascertain extent or quantity of (thing) by comparison with fixed unit or with object of known size; ascertain size& proportions of (person) for clothes; look (person) up& down with one\'s eye; mark off (line &c. of given length); m. one\'s length, fall prostrate; m. swords, (of duellists) see that swords are of equal length, (fig.) try one\'s strength with (person); it measures 7 inches (is 7 inches long); estimate (immaterial thing, person\'s character, &c.) by some standard or rule; deal out (thing to person); bring (one\'s strength &c.) into competition with (another\'s); (poet.) traverse (distance). Hence measurable a., measurably adv., measurement n. [French]
part of speech: noun
Size, quantity, found by measuring; short, full, m., less, not less, than professed amount; clothes made to m. (in accordance with measurements taken); take (person\'s) m., measure him for clothes &c., (fig.) gauge his character &c.; vessel of standard capacity for dealing out liquids &c., as pint m.; rod, tape, &c., for measuring, as tape-m., yard-m.; unit of capacity, e.g. bushel, as 20 mm. of wheat; system of measuring, as liquid, linear, m., that by which a thing is computed, as a chain\'s weakest link is the m. of its strength; quantity contained in another an exact number of times; greatest common m. (greatest that divides each of given quantities); prescribed extent or quantity, as set mm. to, limit, beyond m., excessively, whence measureless a.; poetical rhythm, metre; time of piece of music; (archaic) dance, as tread a m.; plan, course of action, as take mm.; legislative enactment. [French]