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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun measure:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb measure:


Measure is sometimes a misspelling of museum.

The word measure is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun measure

What does measure mean as a name of something?

Measure is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: measures

  1. any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
  2. how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
  3. a statute in draft before it becomes law
  4. the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of measure: measurement / measuring / mensuration
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • seismography = the measurement of tremors and shocks and undulatory movements of earthquakes
      • quantitative chemical analysis / quantitative analysis = chemical analysis to determine the amounts of each element in the substance
      • actinometry = measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation
      • algometry = measuring sensitivity to pain or pressure
      • anemography = recording anemometrical measurements
      • anemometry = measuring wind speed and direction
      • angulation = the precise measurement of angles
      • anthropometry = measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities
      • arterial blood gases = measurement of the pH level and the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in arterial blood
      • audiometry = measuring sensitivity of hearing
      • bathymetry / plumbing = measuring the depths of the oceans
      • calorimetry = measurement of quantities of heat
      • cephalometry = measurement of human heads
      • densitometry = measuring the optical density of a substance by shining light on it and measuring its transmission
      • dosimetry = measuring the dose of radiation emitted by a radioactive source
      • foetometry / fetometry = measurement of a fetus
      • gravimetry / hydrometry = the measurement of specific gravity
      • hypsography / hypsometry = measurement of the elevation of land above sea level
      • mental measurement = a generic term used to cover any application of measurement techniques to the quantification of mental functions
      • micrometry = measuring with a micrometer
      • observation = the act of making and recording a measurement
      • pelvimetry = measurement of the dimensions of the bony birth canal
      • photometry = measurement of the properties of light
      • quantification = the act of discovering or expressing the quantity of something
      • radioactive dating = measurement of the amount of radioactive material (usually carbon 14) that an object contains
      • meter reading / reading = the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments
      • sampling = measurement at regular intervals of the amplitude of a varying waveform
      • sounding = the act of measuring depth of water
      • sound ranging = locating a source of sound (as an enemy gun) by measurements of the time the sound arrives at microphones in known positions
      • scaling = act of measuring or arranging or adjusting according to a scale
      • spirometry = the use of a spirometer to measure vital capacity
      • surveying = the practice of measuring angles and distances on the ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map
      • telemetry = automatic transmission and measurement of data from remote sources by wire or radio or other means
      • thermometry = the measurement of temperature
      • thermogravimetry = the measurement of changes in weight as a function of changes in temperature used as a technique of chemically analyzing substances
      • tonometry = the measurement of intraocular pressure by determining the amount of force needed to make a slight indentation in the cornea
      • viscosimetry / viscometry = the measurement of viscosity
  5. a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  6. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  7. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
  8. measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of measure: measuring rod / measuring stick
    • more generic terms: measuring device / measuring instrument / measuring system = instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
    • more specific terms:
      • board rule = a measure used in computing board feet
      • ruler / rule = measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
      • size stick = a mechanical measuring stick used by shoe fitters to measure the length and width of your foot
  9. a container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: container = any object that can be used to hold things
    • more specific term: measuring cup = graduated cup used to measure liquid or granular ingredients

Alternative definition of the noun measure


  1. The quantity, size, weight, distance or capacity of a substance compared to a designated standard.
  2. An (unspecified) quantity or capacity
  3. The precise designated distance between two objects or points.
  4. The act of measuring.
  5. A musical designation consisting of all notes and or rests delineated by two vertical bars; an equal and regular division of the whole of a composition.
  6. A rule, ruler or measuring stick.
  7. A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.
  8. [mathematics] A function that assigns a non-negative number to a given set following the mathematical nature that is common among length, volume, probability and the like.
  9. An indicator; Something used to assess some property.

Specialised definition of the noun measure

Glossary of sports / bowls

a situation when the naked eye cannot determine which bowl is closer to the jack; measuring devices are then used, at the completion of the end, to decide (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / fencing

the distance between the fencers

Definition of the verb measure

What does measure mean as a doing word?

Measure is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: measured | measuring | measures

  1. determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
    • example: Measure the length of the wall
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]He clocked the runners
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Value, not sentential clause]He clocked the runners at different speeds
      [Theme] [Verb] [Value]The package weighed ten pounds
      [Theme] [Verb] at [Value, not sentential clause]He clocked at 85km/hr

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): read, register, total, weigh.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of measure: measure out / mensurate
    • more generic terms: decide / determine / make up one's mind = reach, make, or come to a decision about something
    • more specific words:
  2. express as a number or measure or quantity
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of measure: quantify
    • more generic words: carry / convey / express = serve as a means for expressing something
    • more specific words:
      • gauge = measure precisely and against a standard
      • scale = measure with or as if with scales
      • meter = measure with a meter
      • pace / step = measure (distances) by pacing
      • clock / time = measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
      • fathom / sound = measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
      • titrate = measure by (the volume or concentration of solutions) by titration
      • plumb = measure the depth of something
      • librate / weigh = determine the weight of
  3. have certain dimensions
    • example: This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific words:
      • stand = be tall; have a height of
      • weigh = have a certain weight
      • endure / last = persist for a specified period of time
      • scale = measure by or as if by a scale
  4. evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

Alternative definition of the verb measure


  1. To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.
  2. To estimate the unit size of something.
  3. To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.
  4. [rare] To traverse, cross, pass along; to travel over.


  1. "Measure" is the second album from Matt Pond PA, released in 2000.
  2. "Measure" is a musical single of Seaweed.
    • released on (22 years ago)


"Measure" is a book by Thomas Swiss.


  1. Measure: In mathematical analysis, a measure on a set is a systematic way to assign a number to each suitable subset of that set, intuitively interpreted as its size. In this sense, a measure is a generalization of the concepts of length, area, and volume. A particularly important example is the Lebesgue measure on a Euclidean space, which assigns the conventional length, area, and volume of Euclidean geometry to suitable subsets of the n-dimensional Euclidean space Rⁿ. For instance, the Lebesgue measure of the interval [0, 1] in the real numbers is its length in the everyday sense of the word – specifically, 1.
    • also known as ทฤษฎีการวัด, 测度
  2. Measure in typography is the length of a line of text. For a single-column design measure should ideally lie between 40 and 80 characters. Many typographers consider the perfect measure to be 65 characters. If the lines are too short then the text becomes disjointed, if they are too long the content loses rhythm as the reader searches for the start of each line. Punctuation should preferably hang outside the measure.
  3. The measure in quantum physics is the integration measure used for performing a path integral.
  4. Measure: In a data warehouse, a measure is a property on which calculations can be made.

Phrases with Measure

Phrases starting with the word Measure:

  1. measure up
  2. measure out
  3. Measure word
  4. Measure Gilia
  5. Measure Space
  6. Measure Stick
  7. Measure theory

Phrases ending with the word Measure:

  1. dry measure
  2. long measure
  3. tape measure
  4. yard measure
  5. board measure
  6. Borel Measure
  7. cubic measure
  8. Fluid Measure
  9. Radon Measure
  10. beyond measure
  11. common measure
  12. linear measure
  13. liquid measure

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Measure

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Google previewFood and Drug Administration (1998)

Improvements Needed in the Foreign Drug Inspection Program by Bernice Steinhardt

The oldest measure is the Chinese "zero tolerance" for wheat imports found to contain tilletia controversa kuhn (TCK),

The second measure is a 1994 Korean requirement limiting the shelf-life on certain frozen meat products to 30 days.

Google previewQuantitative Assessment in Arms Control (2012)

Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in the Analysis of Arms Control Problems by Rudolf Avenhaus

The second measure is the total number of warheads on these delivery vehicles, that is the sum of the number of RVs on...

Google previewAlternative Validation Strategies (2007)

Developing New and Leveraging Existing Validity Evidence by S. Morton McPhail

This inference can be demonstrated directly, using rational evidence that the predictor measure is a representative and...

Inference 2 is that the criterion measure is an adequate sample from the performance domain (Binning & Barrett, 1989) ...

Google previewResearch Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (2016)

by Gregory J. Privitera

A behavioral measure is a type of measurement in which researchers directly observe and record the behavior of subjects or participants.

A physiological measure is the recorded physical responses of the brain and body in a human or animal.

Each physiological measure is an involuntary process of the body. The key ...

Google previewThe Readable Dictionary (1860)

by John Williams (of Lancaster, O.)

A Measure is the standard by which the dimensions of a magnitude,

Google previewThe Principia (2014)

Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Sir Isaac Newton

measure is the familiar g, often called the acceleration of gravity. By Galileo's experiments and Newton's dynamical analysis, at any given point on the earth and in the absence of air resistance, this is the acceleration of free fall for all bodies, ...

Google previewThe Principia: The Authoritative Translation and Guide (2016)

Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton, Julia Budenz

measure is the familiar g, often called the acceleration of gravity. By Galileo's experiments and Newton's dynamical analysis, at any given point on the earth and in the absence of air resistance, this is the acceleration of free fall for all bodies, ...

Google previewFixed Income Analysis (2015)

by Jerald E. Pinto, Barbara Petitt, Wendy L. Pirie

The second measure is the loss given default, the amount of the remaining coupon and principal payments...

A related measure is the recovery rate, which is the percentage of the position received or recovered in default. The loss given ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1816)

by George Gregory

The Italian measure is the bracchio, brace, or fathom. different lengths. inches, 5 lines, or 8-fifteenths of the Paris ell. logna, Modena, and Mantua, the brace is the same as at Venice. This obtains in the states of Modena, Venice, Florence, ...

Google previewUnderstanding Girls' Problem Behavior (2011)

How Girls' Delinquency Develops in the Context of Maturity and Health, Co-occurring Problems, and Relationships by Margaret Kerr, Håkan Stattin, Rutger C. M. E. Engels, Geertjan Overbeek, Anna-Karin Andershed

The third measure is the number of Events in the selected region. An event is a distinct episode occupying a particular cell. The fourth measure is the number of Visits to the selected region. A visit starts upon entry into the selected region and ...

Google previewSovereign Defaults: The Role of Volatility (2002)

by Luis Catão, Bennett Sutton

Table 1 reports three measures of fiscal policy volatility. One is the estimated coefficient p in country-specific regressions using both the current and the one- period lagged output gap. The second measure is the country- specific volatility of the ...

Google previewThe Biological Foundations of Gesture (2014)

Motor and Semiotic Aspects by J. L. Nespoulous, P. Perron, A. R. Lecours

The first spatial measure is the distance error which is defined differently for reaching than for indicating. In reaching, distance error is the difference between 50 cm, which is the distance at which are situated the target LEDs, and the actual ...

Google previewA General Dictionary of Commerce, Trade, and Manufactures (1810)

Exhibiting Their Present State in Every Part of the World; and Carefully Comp. from the Latest and Best Authorities by Thomas Mortimer

The Portuguese measure is the cavedos, containing two feet, eleven lines or foursevenths of a Paris ell; and the vara, 106 whereof make 100 Parisells. The Piedmontese measure is the ras, containin one Paris foot, nine inches, ten lines, or h a ...

Google previewA New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1819)

Including the Latest Improvement and Discovery and the Present States of Every Branch of Human Knowledge by George Gregory

The Italian measure is the bracchio, brace, or fathom. This obtains in the states of Modena, Venice, Florence, Lucca, Milan, Mantua, Bologna, &c. but is of different lengths. At venice it contains 1 Paris foot, 11 inches, 3 lines, or 8-fifteenths of the ...

Google previewThe Memory Work of Arithmetic (1861)

by William Davis (B.A.)

A Common Measure is a nnmbcr that will divide two or more numbers without a remainder ; and the greatest common measure is the greatest number ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

acre A measure of land: originally the amount of land that a yoke of oxen could plough in a day. Equal to 4840 yd2. ampere (A) The unit for measuring electric current. amu See atomic mass unit. ångström (Å) A unit of length, used mainly to ...

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Quotes about Measure

Angelo: The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of M3E1A1S1U1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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