WORD OF THE WEEK
FULL DEFINITION OF MEASURE
b : the dimensions, capacity, or amount of something ascertained bymeasuring
c : an estimate of what is to be expected (as of a person or situation)
d (1) : a measured quantity (2) : amount, degree
2a : an instrument or utensil for measuring
b (1) : a standard or unit of measurement — see weight table (2) : a system of standard units of measure <metric measure>
3: the act or process of measuring
b : rhythmic structure or movement : cadence: as (1) : poetic rhythm measured by temporal quantity or accent; specifically : meter (2) : musical time
c (1) : a grouping of a specified number of musical beats located between two consecutive vertical lines on a staff (2) : a metrical unit : foot
5: an exact divisor of a number
6: a basis or standard of comparison <wealth is not a measure of happiness>
7: a step planned or taken as a means to an end; specifically : a proposed legislative act
— for good measure
: in addition to the minimum required : as an extra
EXAMPLES OF MEASURE
- She felt equal measures of hope and fear.
- Their actions were motivated in large measure by a desire for revenge.
- An occasion like this calls for some measure of decorum.
- The meter is a measure of length.
- The dictionary includes a table of weights and measures.
- The legislature has passed a measure aimed at protecting consumers.
- The governor has proposed a number of cost-cutting measures.
- They were forced to resort to desperate measures.
- We need to take measures to protect ourselves.
RELATED TO MEASURE
Related Words act, action, deed, doing, feat, thing; course, procedure, proceeding,process; accomplishment, achievement, attainment, coup, exploit,success, triumph; activity, affair, business, dealing, enterprise,event; attempt, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, initiative,operation, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, undertaking, whack; effort,exertion, labor, pains, trouble, while, work; project, proposal,proposition; makeshift, resort, resource, stopgap; countermeasure,countermove, counterstep