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# mensuration

[men-shuh-rey-shuh n, -suh-] /ˌmɛn ʃəˈreɪ ʃən, -sə-/
noun
1.
the branch of geometry that deals with the measurement of length, area, or volume.
2.
the act or process of measuring.
Origin of mensuration
1565-1575
1565-75; < Late Latin mēnsūrātiōn- (stem of mēnsūrātiō) a measuring. See measure, -ation
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Examples from the Web for mensuration
Historical Examples
• The mensuration of the faculties of the mind has, I believe, no place in the catalogue of known arts.

Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
• Thus we have two arts of arithmetic, and two of mensuration.

Plato
• Practical instruction in surveying, mensuration, and drawing.

George S. Boutwell
• Take another example of inversion, this time in the field of mensuration.

George Iles
• In architecture and in mechanics the cylinder is constantly seen, and the mensuration of the surface and the volume is important.

David Eugene Smith
• The theorem in Prop. 23 is the foundation of all mensuration of areas.

• The mensuration of the sphere, like that of the circle, the cylinder and the cone, had not been settled in the time of Euclid.

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

David Eugene Smith
• To the eye of reason the Divine efficiency transcends all limitation and mensuration.

B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
• mensuration smacked too much of the exchange, and before the time of Archimedes is practically wholly absent.

John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for mensuration

## mensuration

/ˌmɛnʃəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the study of the measurement of geometric magnitudes such as length
2.
the act or process of measuring; measurement
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Word Origin and History for mensuration
n.

"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.)).

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