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[mezh-er-muh nt] /ˈmɛʒ ər mənt/
the act of measuring.
a measured dimension.
extent, size, etc., ascertained by measuring.
a system of measuring or measures:
liquid measurement.
1745-55; measure + -ment
Related forms
mismeasurement, noun
premeasurement, noun
remeasurement, noun
self-measurement, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for measurements
  • Nor do the measurements take into account the highly stratified academic labor market.
  • The result is a clash of mind-sets and measurements.
  • Correct measurements are absolutely necessary to insure the best results.
  • At the end of their experiment, they did some measurements on the mice's colons and put them back in their cages.
  • Then other scientists publicly take apart the discovery-the measurements were full of errors, the statistics were cursory.
  • They also can be raised gradually to take measurements from the ground up to the top of the canopy.
  • Looking at all their measurements, scientists still have found no reliable signs that an earthquake is about to strike.
  • Please include the measurements of the quilts in your captions.
  • Working in a dilapidated shed with broken windows and poor ventilation, she nonetheless was able to make sensitive measurements.
  • They would describe the painting and give its measurements, and they would often say where they had sent the collection.
British Dictionary definitions for measurements


the act or process of measuring
an amount, extent, or size determined by measuring
a system of measures based on a particular standard
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Word Origin and History for measurements



1751, "act of measuring," from measure (v.) + -ment. Related: Measurements. Meaning "dimension obtained by measuring" is from 1756.

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measurements in Science

A method of determining quantity, capacity, or dimension. Several systems of measurement exist, each one comprising units whose amounts have been arbitrarily set and agreed upon by specific groups. While the United States Customary System remains the most commonly used system of measurement in the United States, the International System is accepted all over the world as the standard system for use in science.
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