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Definitions

  • Measuring the Wheat and Depositing It in The Granaries
    Measuring the Wheat and Depositing It in The Granaries
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v measure express as a number or measure or quantity "Can you quantify your results?"
    • v measure determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of "Measure the length of the wall"
    • v measure evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional","access all the factors when taking a risk"
    • v measure have certain dimensions "This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"
    • n measure how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    • n measure any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal "the situation called for strong measures","the police took steps to reduce crime"
    • n measure the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule "the measurements were carefully done","his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
    • n measure a container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance
    • n measure measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
    • n measure a statute in draft before it becomes law "they held a public hearing on the bill"
    • n measure musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
    • n measure (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    • n measure a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated "the schools comply with federal standards","they set the measure for all subsequent work"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Back of Steel Square, Brace Measure Back of Steel Square, Brace Measure
Back of Steel Square, Essex Board Measure Back of Steel Square, Essex Board Measure
WEIGHT AND MEASURE WEIGHT AND MEASURE
Measuring the length of the foot Measuring the length of the foot
Measuring around the heel Measuring around the heel
Measuring the instep Measuring the instep
Measuring the ball of the foot Measuring the ball of the foot
Measuring across the toes Measuring across the toes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An adult "Gold Frog" measures to be 9.8 millimeters in body length
    • measure (Arith) 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; a denominator. See common denominator under denominator.
    • measure A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet.
    • measure 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.
    • measure 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. "His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken in the conferring that trust, and lamented his error."
    • measure An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like. "False ells and measures be brought all clean adown."
    • measure (Geol) Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures. "Say to her, we have measured many miles To tread a measure with her on this grass."
    • measure Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion. "Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days."
    • measure Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure. "Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure ."
    • measure Regulated division of movement
    • measure The act of measuring; measurement.
    • measure The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount. "It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal."
    • measure 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. "The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea."
    • measure The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.
    • measure The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure .
    • measure The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure .
    • Measure To adjust by a rule or standard. "To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires by your fortunes, not your fortunes by your desires."
    • Measure To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; -- often with out or off. "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.""That portion of eternity which is called time, measured out by the sun."
    • Measure 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. "Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite
      Thy power! what thought can measure thee?"
    • Measure 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.
    • Measure To make a measurement or measurements.
    • Measure To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance. "A true devoted pilgrim is not weary
      To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps."
    • Measure To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally.
    • Measure To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.
    • measure Undefined quantity; extent; degree. "There is a great measure of discretion to be used in the performance of confession."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The strongest gust of wind was recorded at the Mount Washington Observatory on April 12th, 1934, and measured 231 miles per hour.
    • n measure A unit or standard adopted to determine the linear dimensions, volume, or other quantity of other objects, by the comparison of them with it; a standard for the determination of a unit of reckoning. Measures of length are either line-measures or end-measures. Line-measures are objects having lines marked upon them, between which it is intended that the measurement shall be made; end-measures are objects (bars) between the ends of which it is intended that the measurement shall be made.
    • n measure Hence, any standard of comparison, estimation, or judgment.
    • n measure A system of measurement; a scheme of denominations or units of length, surface, volume, or the like: as, weights and measures; long measure, square measure, etc.
    • n measure The dimensions or extent of a thing as determined or determinable by comparison with a unit, or standard; size; extent; capacity (literal or figurative); volume; duration; quantity in general.
    • n measure An act of measurement, or comparison with a standard of quantity, or a series of such acts: as, to make clothes to measure.
    • n measure A definite quantity measured off or meted out: as, a measure of wine or meal. In some places, as applied to certain things, a measure is a known quantity, the word being used specifically. Thus, in England, a measure of corn is a Winchester bushel; in Connecticut, a measure of oysters is five quarts.
    • n measure Used absolutely, a full or sufficient quantity.
    • n measure Quantity, amount, extent, or any dimension, as measured or meted out; the result of any mensural determination or rule: as, the measure of or for the beams is 10 feet 4 inches; full or short measure. In many technical uses measure has specific applications, according to the particular case involved. Thus, in printing, the measure of a line, page, or column is its width stated in ems.
    • n measure Moderation; just degree or proportion; reasonable bounds or limits: as, beyond measure; within measure.
    • n measure Degree; proportion; indefinite quantity.
    • n measure In prosody: Determination of rhythm by division into times or groups of times; rhythm, as so determined; meter. In ancient prosody the unit of measure is the primary time or mora. See mora.
    • n measure A rhythmical period or meter, especially as determined by division into such groups; a rhythm, line, or verse.
    • n measure In music: One of the groups of tones or of accents included between any two primary or heavy accents or beats. Same as tempo. A measure always begins with such a primary accent, and includes one or two (or even more) secondary accents, with various possible lesser accents. Most rhythms may be reduced to measures having either one primary and one secondary accent, or one primary and two secondary accents. the former rhythm being called duple and the latter triple. Measures are indicated in printed music by bars. one of which is placed before each primary accent. All the notes between two bars are said to belong to the same measure or bar. The essential structure of the measures in a given piece of music is indicated at the beginning by the rhythmical signature. See signature.
    • n measure Any regulated or graceful motion; especially, motion adjusted to musical time.
    • n measure A slow, stately dance or dance-movement.
    • n measure A determinate action or procedure, intended as means to an end; anything devised or done with a view to the accomplishment of a purpose; specifically, in later use, any course of action proposed or adopted by a government, or a bill introduced into a legislature: as. measures (that is, a bill or bills) for the relief of the poor; a wise measure; rash measures.
    • n measure plural In geology, a set or series of beds, as in coal-measures, the assemblage of strata in which the coal of any particular region occurs.
    • n measure In fencing, the distance of one fencer from another at which the one can just reach the other by lunging. To come into measure is to approach an opponent near enough to reach him with the sword-tip by thrusting and lunging.
    • n measure The capacity of the gallon is 231 cubic inches. The pint of the British Pharmacopœia (being the eighth part of the gallon of 277.274 cubic inches) is divided into 20 fluidounces, with the fluidrachm and minim constituting the same subdivisions of the fluidounce as in the above table. The cubic capacity of the gallon can, however, be stated only approximately. The standards are made to contain a certain weight of water at a certain temperature. See gallon.
    • n measure The English ell is 5 quarters, and the Flemish ell about 3 quarters. See ell.
    • n measure A pottle is 2 quarts; a load of grain is 5 quarters, and a last 10 quarters. The approximate capacity of the imperial (British legal) bushel is 2,218.192 cubic inches; of the Winchester (United States legal) bushel, 2,150.42 cubic inches. (See apothecaries' measure.) The United States bushel is thus equivalent to .96046 British bushel.
    • n measure For the capacity of the gallon, see apothecaries' measure.
    • n measure Other units considered as belonging to long measure are the pace, 5 feet; the fathom, 6 feet; the span, 9 inches; the hand (used in measuring the height of horses), 4 inches; the surveyors' chain or Gunter's chain, of 100 links. 66 feet; the engineers' chain, of 100 links (United States), 100 feet (see link). See also cloth-measure, above.
    • measure To ascertain the length, extent, dimensions, quantity, or capacity of by comparison with a standard; ascertain or determine a quantity by exact observation. To measure a length, a standard of length is employed; this is laid down so that its beginning coincides with the beginning of the length to be measured, and its other end is marked; it is then laid down again in the same way, with its first end where its last end previously came, and so on, counting the number of times it is laid down. Finally, if there remains a length less than that of the standard, this is measured by subdividing the length of the standard into a sufficient number of equal parts, and using one of these as a secondary standard. Measurements are also effected by reference to units of area or of capacity, as well as by means of weighing, etc.
    • measure To serve as the measure of; be adequate to express the size of: often used figuratively.
    • measure To estimate or determine the relative extent, greatness, or value of; appraise by comparison with something else: with by before the standard of comparison.
    • measure To bring into comparison or competition; oppose or set against as equal or as a test of equality: with with.
    • measure To pass over or through.
    • measure To adjust; proportion; suit; accommodate.
    • measure To control; regulate.
    • measure To allot or distribute by measure; apportion; mete: often with out.
    • measure To take a measurement or measurements.
    • measure To be of a (specified) measure; give a specified result on being compared with a standard: as, a board measures ten feet
    • n measure Specifically, in organ-building, the proportion of the diameter of fluepipes, or of a stop of such pipes, to their length: as, a diapason pipe is made on a wider or larger measure than a gamba pipe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average Hostess Twinkie is 68 percent air as measured by volume according to university researchers
    • n Measure mezh′ūr that by which extent is ascertained or expressed: the size of anything: a rule or standard by which anything is adjusted (Apothecaries', Cubic, Decimal, Dry, Liquid, &c.): : : :
    • v.t Measure to ascertain the dimensions of: to adjust by a rule or standard: to mark out: to allot: to show a certain measurement
    • v.i Measure to be of a certain size: to be equal or uniform
    • n Measure mezh′ūr (politics) a proposal or plan by which some end can be brought about: proportion: a stated quantity: degree: extent: moderation: means to an end: metre
    • n Measure mezh′ūr (mus.) that division of time, containing a specified number of beats, by which the air and motion of music are regulated: rate of movement, time, rhythm, metre, arrangement of syllables in poetry: a slow and stately dance, as the minuet
    • n Measure mezh′ūr (print.) the width of a page or column, usually in ems
    • n Measure mezh′ūr (pl., geol.) a series of beds or strata
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Quotations

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    “The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.”
  • William M. Bulger
    William M. Bulger
    “There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
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    “The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.”
  • Andre Norton
    Andre Norton
    “As for courage and will -- we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.”
  • William T. Sherman
    William T. Sherman
    “Courage -- a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum, poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter,. Cf. Immense Mensuration Mete to measure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mesure—L. mensura, a measure—metīri, to measure.

Usage

In literature:

We cannot measure its bulk; we cannot fly around it in any recordable eons of time.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
It may be so; but the measure must be fuller.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The measure of our hope should reasonably be the measure of our efforts, for he who wishes the end wishes the means.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
According to Koelliker, the larger of these nerve-cells measure only 1/200 of an inch in diameter.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
We measure them just as we measured muscular speed as described in the first chapter.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
He had measured his right by measuring his strength, and had not failed to take his pound of flesh.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
The policy which dictated this measure was soon perceived to be not less wise than it was humane.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
The secretary of state dissenting from this opinion, the measure was not adopted.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5)" by John Marshall
With but few exceptions one can tell where to look for the supporters and where for the opponents of one measure or of another.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Their principal object was to find a good mode of discharge measurements for large canals, and to test existing formulae.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882" by Various
Our measurements when they are expressed in terms of an ideal accuracy are measurements which express properties of the space-time manifold.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
This partition measures 30 feet across at the face of the bluff and terminates within 20 feet.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
But are you not measured, then, when you give an order?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
From the head to the tip of the tail the proboscis monkey measures about four feet and a half.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
Silver would appear to measure the value of gold, and gold would not appear to measure the value of silver.
"An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith
It is unnecessary to speculate on the measure of success that William would have achieved in the army had he remained a soldier.
"Lord Chatham" by Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
The measure being right, it is beneath me to wait for a private opportunity.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Volume X (of 12)" by Various
Work even until armhole measures 7 inches, measuring from 5 bound off sts.
"Juvenile Styles, Volume 4" by Mary Hoyer
Its length is a little more than six inches, of which the tail measures three and a quarter.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
Rent is measured from a zero point of utility either in a good, or in other poorer grades of goods.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
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In poetry:

But the King said, "O my son,
I miss the bright word in one
Of thy measures and thy rhymes."
And Halfred the Scald replied,
"In another 't was multiplied
Three times."
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XII. -- King Olaf's Chri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Whatever gifts and mercies in my lot may fall,
I would not measure
As worth a certain price in praise, or great or small;
But take and use them all with simple pleasure.
"Gratitude" by Henry Van Dyke
Not yours; because you are not man enough
To grasp your country's measure of a man!
If such as you, when Freedom's ways are rough,
Cannot walk in them, learn that women can!
"A Loyal Woman's No" by Lucy Larcom
Danced in sable iron sark,
Danced a measure weird and dark,
Coldly clasped her limbs around.
From breast and hair
Down fall from her the fair
Flowerets, faded, to the ground.
"The Black Knight. (From The German Of Uhland)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Therefore my soul melts, and my heart's deare treasure
Drops bloud (the only beads) my words to measure:
O let this cup passe, if it be thy pleasure:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
"You are dreaming of old pleasures
That have faded from your view;
And the music-burdened measures
Of the laughs you listen to
Are now but angel-echoes--
O, have I spoken true?"
"The Ancient Printman" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

He weighed 5 pounds, 7 and 1/2 ounces, and measured 19 inches.
And measuring 20 3/4 inches long.
The CTV200 Air Velocity and Air Flow Transmitter is designed to measure air velocity ranges from 0-200 fpm to 0-4,000 fpm and air temperatures from 32.
Tips For Air/Gas Flow Measurement In High Temperature Environments.
Online tire tool takes pressure off of measuring inflation.
Measuring just 1.4 in.-square x 3 in.-long, the tiny P5H7 scroll pump delivers up to 10 psi and has a no load flow of 0.14 CFM.
The appliqué measures approximately 4.5 x 10 in.
PAR4 Measurement Service by Power Assure .
City Councilman Pete Constant at an April 2012 debate on Measure B, the city's pension reform measure.
The measure passed, as did similar measures in Maine and Maryland.
Margins against the measure in Districts 3 (South Berkeley), 4 (Downtown and Central Berkeley), and 7 (Telegraph area), all represented by progressive councilmembers who opposed the measure, were relatively small.
In total, these measures represent nearly a $1.8 million cost reduction from an almost identical bond measure that was put up for public vote in 2009.
Avvasi enables QOE-driven measurement, improvement and monetization of the video experience and is the industry reference in mobile video QOE measurement and OTT video experience management.
Spitzer observed 90 cepheid stars, and was able to measure their apparent brightness more precisely than previous studies, leading the way to a more refined measurement of their distances, and the expansion rate of space.
David Rockland, PhD, a leading public relations measurement expert, writes a regular column on measurement insight and advice for PRSA's monthly magazine, Public Relations Tactics.
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In science:

As in section 4 of, such a measure extends uniquely to a regular Borel probability (σ-additive) measure on the type space Sx (A). (“Regular” means that the measure of any Borel set X is the infimum of the measures of open sets O such that X ⊆ O.
Finding generically stable measures
Furthermore, in our situation, working on a totally disconnected space, the measure of O is itself the supremum of measures of clopen sets inside it.) Conversely, given a regular Borel measure on Sx (A), its restriction to the clopen sets gives a Keisler measure.
Finding generically stable measures
Based on the regularity, the approaches can be categorized into periodic measures and ad-hoc measures. The periodic measure approach is conducted by measuring parameterized QoS values from all the providers periodically.
An Architectural Design for Brokered Collaborative Content Delivery System
Then φ determines a random measure on H (the image of the area measure on the manifold) in which the measure of B1 (0) is deterministically equal to k ; let µn,k denote this random measure divided by k, so that µn,k (B1 (0)) = 1.
Conformal weldings of random surfaces: SLE and the quantum gravity zipper
We only need to show that the quantum boundary measure of η measured from the left agrees with the quantum boundary measure of η measured from the right.
Conformal weldings of random surfaces: SLE and the quantum gravity zipper
The measure n(de) is called the Itˆo measure of positive excursions of linear Brownian motion, or simply the Itˆo excursion measure (our measure n corresponds to the measure n+ in Chapter XII of ).
Scaling limits of random trees and planar maps
The “Poisson cloud” mentioned above is then the interlacement Poisson point process, that is, i, ui ) on the space W ⋆ × [0, ∞) with intena Poisson point process ω = Pi δ(w⋆ sity measure given by the product measure of a certain σ -finite measure ν on W ⋆ and Lebesgue measure.
Cover levels and random interlacements
If µ is a measure on a measurable space X and f : X → Y is a measurable map, then f #µ is the measure on Y defined by f #µ(A) = µ(f −1(A)).
Random iteration with place dependent probabilities
This tree is endowed with two measures: the length measure ℓ(dx) which corresponds to the Lebesgue measure on the skeleton of the tree, and the mass measure mT (dx) which is uniform on the leaves of the tree.
Record process on the Continuum Random Tree
For a lattice ˜L ⊂ G × Gint, the measure of the fundamental domain is denoted by | ˜L|, where the measure is the product measure of the Haar measures of G and Gint .
Random fields on model sets with localized dependency and their diffraction
The diffraction measure of ω is, by definition, the Fourier transform cγω of the autocorrelation measure γω . A measure on G has Fourier transform as a measure on bG as follows: Proposition 3 ([1, Theorem 2.1, Theorem 4.1]) Suppose λ is a measure on G.
Random fields on model sets with localized dependency and their diffraction
However, our key observation in this paper is that, the non-existence of the Lebesgue measure can be circumvented by working with measures defined via their density with respect to a Gaussian measure like the posterior measure π defined in (1.1).
Optimal Proposal Design for Random Walk Type Metropolis Algorithms with Gaussian Random Field Priors
Fortunately, Masanes has proved that only the pro jective measurements should be considered in the case of 2-measurement outcomes have to be considered( Jordan et al. [19, 20] have showed that such binary measurements commute with a pro jective measurement).
Semi-device independent random number expansion protocol with n to 1 quantum random access codes
Nevertheless, we may ask whether it is an ergodic measure (in the sense of Aaronson [Aar97]), that is, whether the only Φω –invariant measurable subsets A ⊆ ΣE, ω have measure zero or full measure, i.e. λE, ω (ΣE, ω \ A) = 0.
Classical Motion in Random Potentials
Again by symmetry considerations, this leads to sample L using the Lebesgue measure on [0, 1]D and the Haar measure on U (D) and to sample R using any permutational invariant measure on S1 ([0, 1]D ) and the Haar measure on U (D).
Matrix Product States, Random Matrix Theory and the Principle of Maximum Entropy
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