[ mezh-er-muhnt ]
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  1. the act of measuring.

  2. a measured dimension.

  1. extent, size, etc., ascertained by measuring.

  2. a system of measuring or measures: liquid measurement.

Origin of measurement

First recorded in 1745–55; measure + -ment

Other words from measurement

  • mis·meas·ure·ment, noun
  • pre·meas·ure·ment, noun
  • re·meas·ure·ment, noun
  • self-meas·ure·ment, noun

Words Nearby measurement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use measurement in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for measurement


/ (ˈmɛʒəmənt) /

  1. the act or process of measuring

  2. an amount, extent, or size determined by measuring

  1. a system of measures based on a particular standard

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Scientific definitions for measurement


[ mĕzhər-mənt ]

  1. A method of determining quantity, capacity, or dimension. Several systems of measurement exist, each one comprising units whose amounts have been arbitrarily set and agreed upon by specific groups. While the United States Customary System remains the most commonly used system of measurement in the United States, the International System is accepted all over the world as the standard system for use in science.

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