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a measure, especially of grain, level with the top of a receptacle.
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a measure of grain, etc, in which the contents are made level with the top of the container rather than being heaped
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"I sat up during the evening, reading by the light of the fire the scraps of newspapers in which some party had wrapped their luncheon.... I read these things at a vast advantage there, and it seemed to me that the advertisements, or what is called the business part of a paper, were greatly the best, the most useful, natural, and respectable. Almost all the opinions and sentiments expressed were so little considered, so shallow and flimsy, that I thought the very texture of the paper must be weaker in that part and tear the more easily. The advertisements and the prices current were more closely allied to nature, and were respectable in some measure as tide and meteorological tables are; but the reading-matter ... unless it was some humble record of science, or an extract from some old classic, struck me as strangely whimsical, and crude, and one-idea'd, like a school-boy's theme, such as youths write and after burn."
-Henry David Thoreau
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