measure


measure
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. quantity, extent; gauge; standard; amount, allot-ment; [legislative] bill; step, course. See measurement, apportionment, degree, rule.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A unit of measurement]
Syn. dimension, capacity, weight, volume, distance, degree, quantity, area, mass, frequency, density, viscosity, intensity, rapidity, speed, caliber, bulk, sum, duration, magnitude, amplitude, size, pitch, ratio, depth, scope, height, strength, breadth, amplification.
Commonly used units of measure include --- linear: inch, foot, yard, rod, mile (U.S. Customary system); millimeter, centimeter, decimeter, meter, kilometer (metric system); volume: fluid dram, fluid ounce, gill, pint, quart, gallon (U.S. Customary system); milliliter, centiliter, deciliter, liter, kiloliter (metric system); weight: dram, ounce, pound (U.S. Customary system); milligram, centigram, decigram, gram, kilogram (metric system). Units of measure and their abbreviations commonly used in medicine include: Celsius (C), cubic centimeter (cc), dram (dr), drop (gt), drops (gtt), Fahrenheit (F), fluid dram (fl dr), fluid ounce (fl oz), foot (ft), gram (gm), grain (gr), hour (hr), kilogram (kg), microgram (mcg), milligram (mg), milliliter (ml), millimeter (mm), minute (min), ounce (oz), pint (O), pound (lb), unit (U).
2. [Anything used as a standard]
Syn. rule, test, trial, example, standard, gauge, benchmark, touchstone, yardstick, norm, canon, pattern, type, model; see also criterion .
3. [A beat]
Syn. rhythm, tempo, time, step, throb, stroke, accent, meter, cadence, tune, melody, stress, vibration, division; see also beat 3 .
4. [A bill]
Syn. project, proposition, proposal; see bill 3 .
5. [A preventive or counteractive action]
Syn. agency, device, stratagem; see action 2 , means 1 .
beyond ( or [m1]above) measure,
Syn. immeasurably, exceedingly, extremely; see much 1 , 2 .
for good measure,
Syn. added, as a bonus, additionally; see extra .
in a measure,
Syn. to some extent, somewhat, in a way; see rather .
made to measure,
Syn. suited, custom-made, made to order; see tailored .
take measures,
Syn. take action, do things to accomplish a purpose, employ; see act 1 .
take someone's measure*,
Syn. measure, judge, weigh; see estimate 1 , 2 .
v.
1. [To apply a standard of measurement]
Syn. rule, weigh, mark, lay off, lay out, grade, graduate, gauge, sound, pitch, beat, stroke, time, mete, mark off, pace off, plumb, scale, rank, even, level, gradate, shade, blend, rhyme, line, align, line out, regulate, portion, set a criterion, set a standard, average, equate, encircle, square, calibrate, block in, survey, telemeter, map; see also estimate 1 , 2 .
2. [To contain by measurement]
Syn. hold, cover, contain; see include 1 .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. extent share, portion, part, allowance, allotment, division, quantity, quota, sum, ration, extent, dimension, scope, span, capacity, volume, magnitude.
2. standard rule, gauge, benchmark, model, yardstick, scale.
3. action act, step, course, procedure, means, expedient, move.
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v.
gauge, weigh, take dimensions, survey, quantify, figure, calculate, compute, appraise, size, figure, calibrate, judge.
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The amount of space occupied by something: dimension, extent, magnitude, proportion (often used in plural), size. See BIG. 2. Relative intensity or amount, as of a quality or attribute: degree, extent, magnitude, proportion. See BIG. 3. A means by which individuals are compared and judged: benchmark, criterion, gauge, mark, standard, test, touchstone, yardstick. See USUAL. 4. The act or process of ascertaining dimensions, quantity, or capacity: measurement, mensuration, metrology. See BIG. 5. That which is allotted: allocation, allotment, allowance, dole, lot, part, portion, quantum, quota, ration, share, split. Informal: cut. Slang: divvy. See COLLECT. 6. Avoidance of extremes of opinion, feeling, or personal conduct: moderateness, moderation, temperance. See EDGE. 7. An action calculated to achieve an end. Often used in plural: maneuver, move, procedure, step, tactic. See ACTION. 8. The formal product of a legislative or judicial body: act, assize, bill1, enactment, law, legislation, lex, statute. See LAW. 9. The patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music: beat, cadence, cadency, meter, rhythm, swing. See REPETITION. II verb 1. To ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of: gauge. Archaic: mete. Idiom: take the measure of. See BIG. 2. To fix the limits of: bound2, delimit, delimitate, demarcate, determine, limit, mark (out or off). See LIMITED.

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