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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mensuration the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule "the measurements were carefully done","his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mensuration That branch of applied geometry which gives rules for finding the length of lines, the areas of surfaces, or the volumes of solids, from certain simple data of lines and angles.
    • Mensuration The act, process, or art, of measuring.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mensuration The act, art, or process of measuring; specifically, the act or art of determining length, area, volume, content, etc., by measurement and computation: as, the rules of mensuration; the mensuration of surfaces and solids.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mensuration the act or art of finding by measurement and calculation the length, area, volume, &c. of bodies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mensuratio, : cf. F. mensuration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mensurāre, to measure.


In literature:

But now this accomplished young man does it all by ciphering and mensuration.
"The Mayor of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy
He invented a curious monochord, which was not less accurate than his clocks in the mensuration of time.
"Men of Invention and Industry" by Samuel Smiles
The mensuration of the faculties of the mind has, I believe, no place in the catalogue of known arts.
"The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
And the exacter part of all of them is really arithmetic and mensuration.
"Philebus" by Plato
The chief work of these student companies is to fight among themselves, or with some rival Korps or Schaft, the celebrated German Mensur.
"Three Men on the Bummel" by Jerome K. Jerome
They are discovered by mensuration, and they are the objects of mathematical inquiry.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
While thus engaged, he managed to attend an evening class occasionally, and made an attempt at learning Latin and mensuration.
"Robert Moffat" by David J. Deane
Pupils learned to read and write, and received instruction in arithmetic and mensuration.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
Practical instruction in surveying, mensuration, and drawing.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
I shall have the pleasure of a little interview with Master Joseph Kettle, student of mensuration.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
Fortunately in my school arithmetic there were a few hints upon mensuration, and the good master had instructed us in these.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
The mensuration of plane surfaces.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Quantity is that attribute of things in virtue of which they are susceptible of exact mensuration.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
The inscription, now lost, was, according to Selvatico, "MENSURATOR"?
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
From these results the mensuration of any figure bounded by circular arcs and straight lines can be determined, e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
You don't want them to learn mensuration and the use of the globes?
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
The body of a male is visible to the eyes, is mensurable and ponderable, is clearly marked in its specific organs.
"A Problem in Modern Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
His first work was entitled "Instruction in the Art of Mensuration," &c., and was published in 1525 for the use of young painters.
"Durer" by M. F. Sweetser
In his office Bewick engraved on wood for Dr Hutton a series of diagrams illustrating a treatise on mensuration.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
Such expressions denote mensuration or comparison.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume III (of 4)" by George Grote

In science:

Pelevin for for his useful suggestion regarding comparative mensuration.
Anisotropic thermal expansion and uniaxial pressure dependence of superconducting and magnetic transitions in ErNi2B2C
We discuss the problem in terms of the cosmological hypothesis, keeping in mind that both cases have the same temporal mensuration problems.
Calibration of Tests for Time Dilation in GRB Pulse Structures
I − ˆI i, which are simultaneously mensurable, that is h ˆIi, ˆIj i = 0, being Ω (I ) = S p nδ hI − ˆI io the microcanonical partition function.
Generalized Fluctuation Theory based on the reparametrization invariance of the microcanonical ensemble