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from "Roses of the South," a waltz by Johann Strauss the Younger


a. A reference standard or sample used for the quantitative comparison of properties: The standard kilogram is maintained as a measure of mass.
b. A unit specified by a scale, such as an inch, or by variable conditions, such as a day's march.
c. A system of measurement, such as the metric system.
d. The dimensions, quantity, or capacity of something as ascertained by comparison with a standard: curtains made to measure; took his measure for the suit jacket.
e. A device used for measuring.
f. The act of measuring: By measure the picture was four feet tall.
2. An evaluation or a basis of comparison: "the final measure of the worth of a society" (Joseph Wood Krutch).
3. Extent or degree: The problem was in large measure caused by his carelessness.
a. A definite quantity that has been measured out: a measure of wine.
b. A fitting amount: a measure of recognition.
c. A limited amount or degree: a measure of goodwill.
a. Limit; bounds: generosity knowing no measure.
b. Appropriate restraint; moderation: "The union of ... fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal" (William James).
a. An action taken as a means to an end; an expedient: measures taken to improve energy efficiency.
b. A law or ballot initiative adopted by a legislature as a remedy for a problem.
a. Poetic meter.
b. Music The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a bar.
v. meas·ured, meas·ur·ing, meas·ures
a. To ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of: measured the height of the ceiling.
b. To mark, lay out, or establish dimensions for by measuring: measure off an area.
c. To mark off or apportion, usually with reference to a given unit of measurement: measure out a pint of milk.
d. To allot or distribute as if by measuring; mete: The revolutionary tribunal measured out harsh justice.
a. To estimate by evaluation or comparison: "I gave them an account ... of the situation as far as I could measure it" (Winston S. Churchill).
b. To bring into comparison: She measured her power with that of a dangerous adversary.
3. To serve as a measure of: The inch measures length.
4. To consider or choose with care; weigh: He measures his words with caution.
5. Archaic To travel over: "We must measure twenty miles today" (Shakespeare).
1. To be of a specific measurement: The room measures 12 by 20 feet.
2. To take a measurement.
3. To allow of measurement: White sugar measures more easily than brown.
Phrasal Verb:
measure up
1. To be the equal of something; have similar quality.
2. To have the necessary qualifications: a candidate who just didn't measure up.
beyond measure
1. In excess.
2. Without limit.
for good measure
In addition to the required amount.
in a/some measure
To a degree: The new law was in a measure harmful.

[Middle English, from Old French mesure, from Latin mēnsūra, from mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī, to measure; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

meas′ur·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.measurer - a person who makes measurementsmeasurer - a person who makes measurements  
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
photometrician, photometrist - someone who practices photometry
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At intervals the measurer went his round from bin to bin, accompanied by the booker, who entered first in his own book and then in the hopper's the number of bushels picked.
If money's to be the measurer, man, and the accountants have computed their great counting-house the globe, by girdling it with guineas, one to every three parts of an inch; then, let me tell thee, that my vengeance will fetch a great premium here
The "degree of accuracy" of an instrument which is a reliable measurer is the ratio of the difference of response to the difference of stimulus in cases where the difference of stimulus is small.
The measurer in the distance fell flat upon his face, and then jumping up again, he began to run in the opposite direction.
In the first place, very good wages, to which were attached, and from which hung, like extra bunches of grapes on his vine, the revenues of the civil and criminal registries of the provostship, plus the civil and criminal revenues of the tribunals of Embas of the Châtelet, without reckoning some little toll from the bridges of Mantes and of Corbeil, and the profits on the craft of Shagreen-makers of Paris, on the corders of firewood and the measurers of salt.
The height/length boards are easy to use, do not require calibration and can be produced locally but their precision is conditional and highly dependent on the measurer [3,4].
If you have one, use a digital laser measurer to measure (quickly and accurately) at the top, middle and bottom of the recess, and the left, middle and right.
Instead, buy a shoe measurer or download a child's foot chart off the internet to take the guesswork out of whether kids have outgrown their footwear - and then order shoes online.
Instead buy a shoe measurer or download a child's foot chart off the internet to take the guesswork out of whether kids have outgrown their footwear - and then order shoes online.
With a digital measurer, you simply point the laser dot where you want to measure (ensuring you know which end of the measurer the reading is being taken from) and press the button to 'fix' the reading, which is accurate.
Accurate measuring is vital so it may be woth investing in a digital measurer, while it is vital you know how to use ladders safely 1 ACCURATE measuring is vital for all sorts of DIY tasks, but it's surprisingly easy to get wrong.
What's more, I don't work at a job with a daft-sounding title like "ONS Measurer of National Wellbeing" - for which there is a great deal to be said.