Origin of measured
- the music contained between two bar lines; bar.
- an air or melody.
- a slow, dignified dance.
verb (used with object), meas·ured, meas·ur·ing.
verb (used without object), meas·ured, meas·ur·ing.
- to reach a certain standard: The exhibition didn't measure up to last year's.
- to be capable or qualified: As an administrator, he couldn't quite measure up.
- to test one's preparedness for a contest or encounter.
- to battle with swords.
- to fight, compete, etc.: The producer of the poorly reviewed show decided to measure swords with the critics.
Origin of measure
Related Words for measuredconsistent, systematic, deliberate, limited, careful, restrained, calculated, uniform, confined, restricted, checked, evaluated, exact, standardized, gauged, regular, temperate
Examples from the Web for measured
Contemporary Examples of measured
One of the honor guard approached with slow, measured steps and presented the flag to a uniformed captain.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
However, several probes—most recently the Curiosity rover—have measured methane in the Martian atmosphere.Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
Like so many of the poor, he measured his future by hours and days.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
The output of CO2 by industrialization and other human activities—also rising, also measured.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
Just as Palmer, taken in sixty-second doses, seems relaxed, so, measured over hours, he seems in need of a sedative.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Historical Examples of measured
They possessed no watches but they measured time by the shadow of the sun-dial.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
When one looked at him one felt that he was a standard by which other animals should be measured.Way of the Lawless
He measured your blindness and weakness by the standard of His own knowledge and almightiness.
The Universal is too great to be measured and doled in that way.
Yet, measured according to the stern standards of adversity, Mary was fortunate.Within the Law
Word Origin for measure
late 14c., "deliberate, restrained," adjective from past participle of measure (v.). Meaning "uniform, regular" is from c.1400.
c.1300, "to deal out by measure," from Old French mesurer "measure; moderate, curb" (12c.), from Late Latin mensurare "to measure," from Latin mensura "a measuring, a measurement; thing to measure by," from mensus, past participle of metiri "to measure," from PIE *me- "to measure" (see meter (n.2)).
Replaced Old English cognate mæð "measure." Meaning "to ascertain spatial dimensions of" is mid-14c. To measure up "have the necessary abilities" is 1910, American English. Related: Measured; measuring.
c.1200, "moderation, temperance, abstemiousness;" c.1300, "instrument for measuring," from Old French mesure "limit, boundary; quantity, dimension; occasion, time" (12c.), from Latin mensura "measure" (see measure (v.)). Meaning "size or quantity as ascertained by measuring" is from early 14c. Meaning "action of measuring; standard measure of quantity; system of measuring; appointed or alloted amount of anything" is late 14c. Also from late 14c. are senses "proper proportion, balance." Sense of "that to which something is compared to determine its quantity" is from 1570s. Meaning "rhythmic pattern in music" is late 14c.; from mid-15c. in poetry, c.1500 in dance. Meaning "treatment 'meted out' to someone" is from 1590s; that of "plan or course of action intended to obtain some goal" is from 1690s; sense of "legislative enactment" is from 1759. Phrase for good measure (late 14c.) is literally "ample in quantity, in goods sold by measure."
In addition to the idiom beginning with measure
- measure up
- beyond measure
- for good measure
- in some measure
- made to measure
- take someone's measure