(1)   How much there is of something that you can quantify
(2)   Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
"The situation called for strong measures"
"The police took steps to reduce crime"
(3)   The act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
"The measurements were carefully done"
"His mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"
(4)   Measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
(5)   A statute in draft before it becomes law
"They held a public hearing on the bill"
(6)   Musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
"The orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
(7)   (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
(8)   A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
"The schools comply with federal standards"
"They set the measure for all subsequent work"


(9)   Express as a number or measure or quantity
"Can you quantify your results?"
(10)   Determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
"Measure the length of the wall"
(11)   Place a value on; judge the worth of something
"I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"
(12)   Have certain dimensions
"This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"


from from from , pp. of . Displaced native mǣte, mete "measure" (n.) (from met "measure", cf mitta "a measure"), ameten, imeten "to measure" (from āmetan, ġemetan "to mete, measure), hof, hoof "measure, reason" (from hōf "measure, reason"), mǣþ "measure, degree".


  1. The quantity, size, weight, distance or capacity of a substance compared to a designated standard.
  2. An (unspecified) quantity or capacity :
    a measure of salt
    The unwise man never knows the measure of his stomach. — from the Hávamál
  3. The precise designated distance between two objects or points.
  4. The act of measuring.
  5. A musical designation consisting of all notes and or rests delineated by two vertical bars; an equal and regular division of the whole of a composition.
  6. A rule, ruler or measuring stick.
  7. A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.
    He took drastic measures to halt inflation.
  8. A function that assigns a non-negative number to a given set following the mathematical nature that is common among length, volume, probability and the like.
  9. An indicator; Something used to assess some property.
    The average price of basic household goods is a measure for inflation.
    Honesty is the true measure of a man.


  1. To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.
  2. To estimate the unit size of something.
  3. To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.