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[men-shuh-rey-shuh n, -suh-]
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  1. the branch of geometry that deals with the measurement of length, area, or volume.
  2. the act or process of measuring.
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Origin of mensuration

1565–75; < Late Latin mēnsūrātiōn- (stem of mēnsūrātiō) a measuring. See measure, -ation
Related formsmen·su·ra·tion·al, adjective
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Related Words for mensuration

evaluation, calculation, judgment, measurement, measure, estimate, assessment

Examples from the Web for mensuration

Historical Examples of mensuration

  • The pure part consists of arithmetic, mensuration, and weighing.



  • Thus we have two arts of arithmetic, and two of mensuration.

  • And the exacter part of all of them is really arithmetic and mensuration.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for mensuration


  1. the study of the measurement of geometric magnitudes such as length
  2. the act or process of measuring; measurement
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Derived Formsmensurational, adjectivemensurative (ˈmɛnʃərətɪv), adjective
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Word Origin and History for mensuration


"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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