[mezh-er-muh nt]


the act of measuring.
a measured dimension.
extent, size, etc., ascertained by measuring.
a system of measuring or measures: liquid measurement.

Origin of measurement

First recorded in 1745–55; measure + -ment
Related formsmis·meas·ure·ment, nounpre·meas·ure·ment, nounre·meas·ure·ment, nounself-meas·ure·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for measurement

Contemporary Examples of measurement

Historical Examples of measurement

  • They were not his sort; their standards for the measurement of things were unintelligible to him.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • They were matters of measurement, and not of opinion or fancy.

  • I could now understand the measurement by which Irishmen were estimated in the London world.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • How––how about that ‘if’ you said this measurement would settle?

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • By its measurement every man stands for what he is and for what he does, not for what he was and what he did.

British Dictionary definitions for measurement



the act or process of measuring
an amount, extent, or size determined by measuring
a system of measures based on a particular standard
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Word Origin and History for measurement

1751, "act of measuring," from measure (v.) + -ment. Related: Measurements. Meaning "dimension obtained by measuring" is from 1756.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

measurement in Science



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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