|1.||the extent, quantity, amount, or degree of something, as determined by measurement or calculation|
|2.||a device for measuring distance, volume, etc, such as a graduated scale or container|
|3.||a system of measurement: give the size in metric measure|
|4.||a standard used in a system of measurements: the international prototype kilogram is the measure of mass in SI units|
|5.||a specific or standard amount of something: a measure of grain; short measure; full measure|
|6.||a basis or standard for comparison: his work was the measure of all subsequent attempts|
|7.||reasonable or permissible limit or bounds: we must keep it within measure|
|8.||degree or extent (often in phrases such as in some measure, in a measure, etc): they gave him a measure of freedom|
|9.||(often plural) a particular action intended to achieve an effect: they took measures to prevent his leaving|
|10.||a legislative bill, act, or resolution: to bring in a measure|
|11.||music another word for bar|
|12.||prosody poetic rhythm or cadence; metre|
|13.||a metrical foot|
|14.||poetic a melody or tune|
|15.||the act of measuring; measurement|
|16.||archaic a dance|
|17.||printing the width of a page or column of type|
|18.||for good measure as an extra precaution or beyond requirements|
|19.||get the measure of someone, get someone's measure to assess the nature, character, quality, etc, of someone|
|20.||made to measure (of clothes) made to fit an individual purchaser|
|—vb (often foll by up)|
|21.||to determine the size, amount, etc, of by measurement|
|22.||(intr) to make a measurement or measurements|
|23.||(tr) to estimate or determine: I measured his strength to be greater than mine|
|24.||(tr) to function as a measurement of: the ohm measures electrical resistance|
|25.||(tr) to bring into competition or conflict: he measured his strength against that of his opponent|
|26.||(intr) to be as specified in extent, amount, etc: the room measures six feet|
|27.||(tr) to travel or move over as if measuring|
|28.||(tr) to adjust or choose: he measured his approach to suit the character of his client|
|29.||(intr) to allow or yield to measurement|
|[C13: from Old French, from Latin mēnsūra measure, from mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī to measure]|
measure meas·ure (mězh'ər)
Dimensions, quantity, or capacity as ascertained by comparison with a standard.
A reference standard or sample used for the quantitative comparison of properties.
A unit specified by a scale, such as a degree, or by variable conditions, such as room temperature.
A system of measurement, such as the metric system.
A device used for measuring.
The act of measuring.
An evaluation or a basis of comparison.
Extent or degree.
A definite quantity that has been measured out.
To ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of.
To mark, lay out, or establish dimensions for by measuring.
To bring into comparison.
To mark off or apportion, usually with reference to a given unit of measurement.
To serve as a measure of.
Several words are so rendered in the Authorized Version. (1.) Those which are indefinite. (a) Hok, Isa. 5:14, elsewhere "statute." (b) Mad, Job 11:9; Jer. 13:25, elsewhere "garment." (c) Middah, the word most frequently thus translated, Ex. 26:2, 8, etc. (d) Mesurah, Lev. 19:35; 1 Chr. 23:29. (e) Mishpat, Jer. 30:11, elsewhere "judgment." (f) Mithkoneth and token, Ezek. 45:11. (g) In New Testament metron, the usual Greek word thus rendered (Matt. 7:2; 23:32; Mark 4:24). (2.) Those which are definite. (a) 'Eyphah, Deut. 25:14, 15, usually "ephah." (b) Ammah, Jer. 51:13, usually "cubit." (c) Kor, 1 Kings 4:22, elsewhere "cor;" Greek koros, Luke 16:7. (d) Seah, Gen. 18:6; 1 Sam. 25:18, a seah; Greek saton, Matt. 13:33; Luke 13:21. (e) Shalish, "a great measure," Isa. 40:12; literally a third, i.e., of an ephah. (f) In New Testament batos, Luke 16:6, the Hebrew "bath;" and choinix, Rev. 6:6, the choenix, equal in dry commodities to one-eighth of a modius.
in some measure
Somewhat, to a certain extent, as in In some measure we owe these privileges to our parents. Shakespeare used this term in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1:2): "I will condole in some measure." Similarly, in large measure, dating from the same period, means "to a considerable extent," as in In large measure the two sides agree. [c. 1600]