n. A unit or standard adopted to determine the linear dimensions, volume, or other quantity of other objects, by the comparison of them with it; a standard for the determination of a unit of reckoning.n. Hence, any standard of comparison, estimation, or judgment.n. A system of measurement; a scheme of denominations or units of length, surface, volume, or the like: as, weights and measures; long measure, square measure, etc.n. The dimensions or extent of a thing as determined or determinable by comparison with a unit, or standard; size; extent; capacity (literal or figurative); volume; duration; quantity in general.n. An act of measurement, or comparison with a standard of quantity, or a series of such acts: as, to make clothes to measure.n. A definite quantity measured off or meted out: as, a measure of wine or meal.n. Used absolutely, a full or sufficient quantity.n. Quantity, amount, extent, or any dimension, as measured or meted out; the result of any mensural determination or rule: as, the measure of or for the beams is 10 feet 4 inches; full or short measure.n. Moderation; just degree or proportion; reasonable bounds or limits: as, beyond measure; within measure.n. Degree; proportion; indefinite quantity.n. In prosody: Determination of rhythm by division into times or groups of times; rhythm, as so determined; meter.n. A rhythmical period or meter, especially as determined by division into such groups; a rhythm, line, or verse.n. In music: One of the groups of tones or of accents included between any two primary or heavy accents or beats. Same as tempo.n. Any regulated or graceful motion; especially, motion adjusted to musical time.n. A slow, stately dance or dance-movement.n. 15. A determinate action or procedure, intended as means to an end; anything devised or done with a view to the accomplishment of a purpose; specifically, in later use, any course of action proposed or adopted by a government, or a bill introduced into a legislature: as. measures (that is, a bill or bills) for the relief of the poor; a wise measure; rash measures.n. plural In geology, a set or series of beds, as in coal-measures, the assemblage of strata in which the coal of any particular region occurs.n. In fencing, the distance of one fencer from another at which the one can just reach the other by lunging.n. The capacity of the gallon is 231 cubic inches. The pint of the British Pharmacopœia (being the eighth part of the gallon of 277.274 cubic inches) is divided into 20 fluidounces, with the fluidrachm and minim constituting the same subdivisions of the fluidounce as in the above table. The cubic capacity of the gallon can, however, be stated only approximately. The standards are made to contain a certain weight of water at a certain temperature. See gallon.n. The English ell is 5 quarters, and the Flemish ell about 3 quarters. See ell.n. A pottle is 2 quarts; a load of grain is 5 quarters, and a last 10 quarters. The approximate capacity of the imperial (British legal) bushel is 2,218.192 cubic inches; of the Winchester (United States legal) bushel, 2,150.42 cubic inches. (See apothecaries' measure.) The United States bushel is thus equivalent to .96046 British bushel.n. For the capacity of the gallon, see apothecaries' measure.n. Other units considered as belonging to long measure are the pace, 5 feet; the fathom, 6 feet; the span, 9 inches; the hand (used in measuring the height of horses), 4 inches; the surveyors' chain or Gunter's chain, of 100 links. 66 feet; the engineers' chain, of 100 links (United States), 100 feet (see link). See also cloth-measure, above.To ascertain the length, extent, dimensions, quantity, or capacity of by comparison with a standard; ascertain or determine a quantity by exact observation.To serve as the measure of; be adequate to express the size of: often used figuratively.To estimate or determine the relative extent, greatness, or value of; appraise by comparison with something else: with by before the standard of comparison.To bring into comparison or competition; oppose or set against as equal or as a test of equality: with with.To pass over or through.To adjust; proportion; suit; accommodate.To control; regulate.To allot or distribute by measure; apportion; mete: often with out.To take a measurement or measurements.To be of a (specified) measure; give a specified result on being compared with a standard: as, a board measures ten feetn. Specifically, in organ-building, the proportion of the diameter of fluepipes, or of a stop of such pipes, to their length: as, a diapason pipe is made on a wider or larger measure than a gamba pipe.