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MEASURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does measure mean? 

MEASURE (noun)
  The noun MEASURE has 8 senses:

1. the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
2. a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
3. how much there is of something that you can quantify
4. any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
5. a statute in draft before it becomes law
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

  Familiarity information: MEASURE used as a noun is common.


MEASURE (verb)
  The verb MEASURE has 4 senses:

1. determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
2. express as a number or measure or quantity
3. have certain dimensions
4. place a value on; judge the worth of something

  Familiarity information: MEASURE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MEASURE (noun)


Sense 1measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

mensuration; measuring; measurement; measure

Context examples:

the measurements were carefully done / his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "measure"):

micrometry (measuring with a micrometer)

observation (the act of making and recording a measurement)

pelvimetry (measurement of the dimensions of the bony birth canal (to determine whether vaginal birth is possible))

photometry (measurement of the properties of light (especially luminous intensity))

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; can be used to estimate the age of the object)

meter reading; reading (the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments)

sampling (measurement at regular intervals of the amplitude of a varying waveform (in order to convert it to digital form))

sounding (the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line))

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)

viscometry; viscosimetry (the measurement of viscosity)

mental measurement (a generic term used to cover any application of measurement techniques to the quantification of mental functions)

hypsography; hypsometry (measurement of the elevation of land above sea level)

seismography (the measurement of tremors and shocks and undulatory movements of earthquakes)

quantitative analysis; quantitative chemical analysis (chemical analysis to determine the amounts of each element in the substance)

actinometry (measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (especially of the sun's rays))

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; important in diagnosis of many respiratory diseases)

audiometry (measuring sensitivity of hearing)

gravimetry; hydrometry (the measurement of specific gravity)

fetometry; foetometry (measurement of a fetus (especially the diameter of the head))

dosimetry (measuring the dose of radiation emitted by a radioactive source)

densitometry (measuring the optical density of a substance by shining light on it and measuring its transmission)

cephalometry (measurement of human heads)

calorimetry (measurement of quantities of heat)

bathymetry; plumbing (measuring the depths of the oceans)


Sense 2measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

criterion; standard; touchstone; measure

Context examples:

the schools comply with federal standards / they set the measure for all subsequent work

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

point of reference; reference; reference point (an indicator that orients you generally)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "measure"):

norm (a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical)

baseline (an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared)

gauge; standard of measurement (accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared)

graduated table; ordered series; scale; scale of measurement (an ordered reference standard)

medium of exchange; monetary system (anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region)

yardstick (a measure or standard used for comparison)

procrustean bed; procrustean rule; procrustean standard (a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality)

GPA; grade point average (a measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted)

earned run average; ERA ((baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched)

benchmark (a standard by which something can be measured or judged)


Sense 3measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

How much there is of something that you can quantify

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates

Synonyms:

quantity; amount; measure

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

abstraction (a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples)

Attribute:

standard (conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind)

nonstandard (varying from or not adhering to a standard)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "measure"):

chance; probability (a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible)

magnetisation; magnetization (the extent or degree to which something is magnetized)

volume (the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object)

volume (a relative amount)

proof (a measure of alcoholic strength expressed as an integer twice the percentage of alcohol present (by volume))

time unit; unit of time (a unit for measuring time periods)

point; point in time (an instant of time)

period of play; play; playing period ((in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds)

interval; time interval (a definite length of time marked off by two instants)

linear measure; long measure (a measure of length)

octane number; octane rating (a measure of the antiknock properties of gasoline)

quantum ((physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory))

economic value; value (the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else)

fundamental measure; fundamental quantity (one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement)

definite quantity (a specific measure of amount)

indefinite quantity (an estimated quantity)

relative quantity (a quantity relative to some purpose)

metric; system of measurement (a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic)

cordage (the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords)


Sense 4measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

step; measure

Context examples:

the situation called for strong measures / the police took steps to reduce crime

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

maneuver; manoeuvre; tactical maneuver; tactical manoeuvre (a move made to gain a tactical end)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "measure"):

guard; precaution; safeguard (a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.)

porcupine provision; shark repellent (a measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts)

countermeasure (an action taken to offset another action)


Sense 5measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statute in draft before it becomes law

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bill; measure

Context example:

they held a public hearing on the bill

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

instrument; legal document; legal instrument; official document ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Meronyms (parts of "measure"):

rider (a clause that is appended to a legislative bill)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "measure"):

trade bill (a statute that would regulate foreign trade)

farm bill (a statute that would regulate farm production and prices)

bottle bill (a statute that would require merchants to reclaim used bottles)

bill of attainder (a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial)

appropriation bill (a legislative act proposing to authorize the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose)


Sense 6measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

cadence; metre; meter; measure; beat

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

poetic rhythm; prosody; rhythmic pattern ((prosody) a system of versification)

Domain category:

metrics; prosody (the study of poetic meter and the art of versification)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "measure"):

foot; metrical foot; metrical unit ((prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm)

common measure; common meter (the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad)

scansion (analysis of verse into metrical patterns)

catalexis (the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse)


Sense 7measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bar; measure

Context example:

the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

musical notation (a notation used by musicians)


Sense 8measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

measuring stick; measuring rod; measure

Hypernyms ("measure" is a kind of...):

measuring device; measuring instrument; measuring system (instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "measure"):

board rule (a measure used in computing board feet)

rule; ruler (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)


MEASURE (verb)


Sense 1measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

mensurate; measure out; measure

Context example:

Measure the length of the wall

Hypernyms (to "measure" is one way to...):

decide; determine; make up one's mind (reach, make, or come to a decision about something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "measure"):

calibrate (measure the caliber of)

caliper; calliper (measure the diameter of something with calipers)

triangulate (measure by using trigonometry)

shoot (measure the altitude of by using a sextant)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express as a number or measure or quantity

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

measure; quantify

Context example:

Can you quantify your results?

Hypernyms (to "measure" is one way to...):

carry; convey; express (serve as a means for expressing something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "measure"):

librate; weigh (determine the weight of)

plumb (measure the depth of something)

titrate (measure by (the volume or concentration of solutions) by titration)

fathom; sound (measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line)

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)

pace; step (measure (distances) by pacing)

meter (measure with a meter)

scale (measure with or as if with scales)

gauge (measure precisely and against a standard)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have certain dimensions

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches

Hypernyms (to "measure" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "measure"):

stand (be tall; have a height of; copula)

weigh (have a certain weight)

endure; last (persist for a specified period of time)

scale (measure by or as if by a scale)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Also:

measure up (prove capable or fit; meet requirements)


Sense 4measure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place a value on; judge the worth of something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

appraise; assess; evaluate; valuate; measure; value

Context example:

I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional

Hypernyms (to "measure" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "measure"):

praise (express approval of)

censor (subject to political, religious, or moral censorship)

reassess; reevaluate (revise or renew one's assessment)

standardise; standardize (evaluate by comparing with a standard)

rate; value (estimate the value of)

grade; mark; score (assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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