Hypertext Webster Gateway: "measure"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

Several words are so rendered in the Authorized Version. (1.)
Those which are indefinite. (a) Hok, Isa. 5:14, elsewhere
"statute." (b) Mad, Job 11:9; Jer. 13:25, elsewhere "garment."
(c) Middah, the word most frequently thus translated, Ex. 26:2,
8, etc. (d) Mesurah, Lev. 19:35; 1 Chr. 23:29. (e) Mishpat, Jer.
30:11, elsewhere "judgment." (f) Mithkoneth and token, Ezek.
45:11. (g) In New Testament metron, the usual Greek word thus
rendered (Matt. 7:2; 23:32; Mark 4:24).

(2.) Those which are definite. (a) 'Eyphah, Deut. 25:14, 15,
usually "ephah." (b) Ammah, Jer. 51:13, usually "cubit." (c)
Kor, 1 Kings 4:22, elsewhere "cor;" Greek koros, Luke 16:7. (d)
Seah, Gen. 18:6; 1 Sam. 25:18, a seah; Greek saton, Matt. 13:33;
Luke 13:21. (e) Shalish, "a great measure," Isa. 40:12;
literally a third, i.e., of an ephah. (f) In New Testament
batos, Luke 16:6, the Hebrew "bath;" and choinix, Rev. 6:6, the
choenix, equal in dry commodities to one-eighth of a modius.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Measure \Meas"ure\, n. [OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr.
metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure,
Gr. ?, E. meter. Cf. {Immense}, {Mensuration}, {Mete} to
1. A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or
extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or
multiples of which anything is estimated and stated;
hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged.

2. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is
measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.

False ells and measures be brought all clean adown.
--R. of

3. The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according
to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated;
estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat.

The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and
broader than the sea. --Job xi. 9.

4. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a
quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited
quantity or amount.

It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in
three measures of meal. --Luke xiii.

5. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds;
moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in
measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.

Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth
without measure. --Is. v. 14.

6. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted
share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of
my days. --Ps. xxxix.

7. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying
and selling; as, to give good or full measure.

8. Undefined quantity; extent; degree.

There is a great measure of discretion to be used in
the performance of confession. --Jer. Taylor.

9. Regulated division of movement:
(a) (Dancing) A regulated movement corresponding to the
time in which the accompanying music is performed;
but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the
(b) (Mus.) (1) The group or grouping of beats, caused by
the regular recurrence of accented beats. (2) The
space between two bars. See {Beat}, {Triple},
{Quadruple}, {Sextuple}, {Compound time}, under
{Compound}, a., and {Figure}.
(c) (Poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the
quantities, or long and short syllables; meter;
rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.

10. (Arith.) A number which is contained in a given number a
number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases,
the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc., of
two or more numbers.

11. A step or definite part of a progressive course or
policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the
accomplishment of an object; as, political measures;
prudent measures; an inefficient measure.

His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken
in the conferring that trust, and lamented his
error. --Clarendon.

12. The act of measuring; measurement. --Shak.

13. pl. (Geol.) Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead

{Lineal}, or {Long}, {measure}, measure of length; the
measure of lines or distances.

{Liquid measure}, the measure of liquids.

{Square measure}, the measure of superficial area of surfaces
in square units, as inches, feet, miles, etc.

{To have hard measure}, to have harsh treatment meted out to
one; to be harshly or oppressively dealt with.

{To take measures}, to make preparations; to provide means.

{To take one's measure}, to measure one, as for a garment;
hence, to form an opinion of one's disposition, character,
ability, etc.

{To tread a measure}, to dance in the style so called. See 9
(a) .

Say to her, we have measured many miles To
tread a measure with her on this grass. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Measure \Meas"ure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Measured}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Measuring}.] [F. mesurer, L. mensurare. See {Measure},
1. To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute
or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity
of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions
of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to

Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite Thy power!
what thought can measure thee? --Milton.

2. To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures
changes of temperature.

3. To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off
and determining the distance.

A true devoted pilgrim is not weary To measure
kingdoms with his feeble steps. --Shak.

4. To adjust by a rule or standard.

To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires
by your fortunes, not your fortunes by your desires.
--Jer. Taylor.

5. To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by
measure; -- often with out or off.

With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to
you again. --Matt. vii.

That portion of eternity which is called time,
measured out by the sun. --Addison.

{To measure swords with one}, to try another's skill in the
use of the sword; hence, figuratively, to match one's
abilities against an antagonist's.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Measure \Meas"ure\, v. i.
1. To make a measurement or measurements.

2. To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain
measures well; the pieces measure unequally.

3. To be of a certain size or quantity, or to have a certain
length, breadth, or thickness, or a certain capacity
according to a standard measure; as, cloth measures three
fourths of a yard; a tree measures three feet in diameter.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the act or process of measuring; "the measurements were
carefully done"; "his mental measurings proved
remarkably accurate" [syn: {measurement}, {measuring}, {mensuration}]
2: a basis for comparison; a reference point against which
other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for
all subsequent work" [syn: {standard}, {criterion}, {touchstone}]
3: how much there is of something that you can measure [syn: {quantity},
{amount}, {quantum}]
4: any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the
situation called for strong measures"; "the police took
steps to reduce crime" [syn: {step}]
5: a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a
public hearing on the bill" [syn: {bill}]
6: (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse [syn: {meter},
{beat}, {cadence}]
7: notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; written
followed by a vertical bar [syn: {bar}]
8: measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular
intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
[syn: {measuring stick}, {measuring rod}]
v 1: determine the measurements of something or somebody, take
measurements of; "Measure the length of the wall" [syn:
{measure out}]
2: express as a quantity; "Can you quantify your results?"
[syn: {quantify}]
3: have certain dimensions; "This table surfaces measures
20inches by 36 inches"
4: place a value on; judge the worth of something; "I will have
the family jewels appraised by a professional" [syn: {evaluate},
{valuate}, {assess}, {appraise}, {value}]

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