- 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
Examples from the Web for measures
Parliament looks at measures to monitor toddlers for anti-Semitic speech.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis|Nico Hines|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Experts agree that much will depend on the measures undertaken both by the United States and Cuba.
Human rights groups, however, said the measures were “draconian” and counter-productive.
By most measures, it is the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All these measures were taken to halt the blood-sucking tendencies of the recently deceased.
The statesman felt it; it put new vigor into the despatches he wrote and the measures he devised with regard to the slave-trade.The Personal Life Of David Livingstone|William Garden Blaikie
The Protestants were, however, much alarmed by these measures, as indicative of the intolerant policy of the new king.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
The bride is taken into the house, and her maternal uncle sits at the entrance, and measures a new cloth, which he gives to her.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
So far, these measures might be interpreted as marks of pure and disinterested affection for the soul of the departed.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
It was by his command of public opinion that Pitt had been able to force his measures on the king.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
British Dictionary definitions for measures (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for measures (2 of 2)
Derived Formsmeasurer, noun
Word Origin for measure
Medicine definitions for measures
Idioms and Phrases with measures
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