/ˈmɛʒə / (say 'mezhuh)

1. the act or process of ascertaining the extent, dimensions, quantity, etc., of something, especially by comparison with a standard.
2. size, dimensions, quantity, etc., as thus ascertained.
3. an instrument, as a graduated rod or a vessel of standard capacity, for measuring.
4. a unit or standard of measurement.
5. a definite or known quantity measured out.
6. a system of measurement.
7. Printing the width of a page or column, usually measured in ems or picas.
8. any standard of comparison, estimation, or judgement.
9. a quantity, degree, or proportion.
10. a limit, or an extent or degree not to be exceeded: to know no measure.
11. reasonable bounds or limits: beyond measure.
12. a legislative bill or enactment.
13. an action or procedure intended as a means to an end: to take measures to avert suspicion.
14. a short rhythmical movement or arrangement, as in poetry or music.
15. a particular kind of such arrangement.
16. a metrical unit.
17. Poetic an air or melody.
18. US Musicbar1 (def. 10).
19. (plural) Geology beds; strata.
20. Also, the measures. Obsolete a slow, stately dance or dance movement: to tread a measure.
verb (measured, measuring)
verb (t)
21. to ascertain the extent, dimensions, quantity, capacity, etc., of, especially by comparison with a standard.
22. to estimate the relative amount, value, etc., of, by comparison with some standard.
23. to judge of or appraise by comparison with something else.
24. to serve as the measure of.
25. to adjust or proportion.
26. to bring into comparison or competition.
27. to travel over or traverse.
verb (i)
28. to take measurements.
29. to be capable of being measured.
30. to be of a specified measure.
31. for good measure, as an extra and probably unnecessary act, precaution, etc.: he padlocked the door for good measure.
32. get someone's measure or get the measure of someone, to achieve equality with someone, especially a competitor.
33. in full measure, to the utmost capacity or extent.
34. measure for measure, in equal and matching amounts.
35. measure one's length, to fall flat on one's face.
36. measure out (or off), to mark or lay off or out, or deal out, with reference to measure.
37. measure up, (sometimes followed by to) to be adequate.
{Middle English mesure(n), from Old French mesurer, from Latin mensūrāre}
measurer, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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