[ mezh-er-muh nt ]
/ ˈmɛʒ ər mənt /


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 forms

mis·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

British Dictionary definitions for mis-measurement


/ (ˈmɛʒəmənt) /


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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Science definitions for mis-measurement


[ mĕzhər-mənt ]

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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