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[men-shuh-rey-shuh n, -suh-] /ˌmɛn ʃəˈreɪ ʃən, -sə-/
the branch of geometry that deals with the measurement of length, area, or volume.
the act or process of measuring.
Origin of mensuration
1565-75; < Late Latin mēnsūrātiōn- (stem of mēnsūrātiō) a measuring. See measure, -ation
Related forms
mensurational, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mensuration
Historical Examples
  • The pure part consists of arithmetic, mensuration, and weighing.

    Philebus Plato
  • And the exacter part of all of them is really arithmetic and mensuration.

    Philebus Plato
  • Thus we have two arts of arithmetic, and two of mensuration.

    Philebus Plato
  • Take another example of inversion, this time in the field of mensuration.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • The theorem in Prop. 23 is the foundation of all mensuration of areas.

  • These two propositions are fundamental in the mensuration of the prism.

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
  • The applications of this problem to mensuration are numerous.

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
  • In the matter of the mensuration of the circle the annexed design has some interest.

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
  • mensuration smacked too much of the exchange, and before the time of Archimedes is practically wholly absent.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • The chapter on mensuration is suited to the ability of beginners.

British Dictionary definitions for mensuration


the study of the measurement of geometric magnitudes such as length
the act or process of measuring; measurement
Derived Forms
mensurational, adjective
mensurative (ˈmɛnʃərətɪv) adjective
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Word Origin and History for mensuration

"act of measuring," 1570s, from Middle French mensuration and directly from Late Latin mensurationem (nominative mensuratio) "a measuring," noun of action from past participle stem of mensurare "to measure" (see measure (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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