• A prescribed quantity or extent.
  • The act or result of measuring.
  • Metrical rhythm.
  • A course of action.



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  • From Middle English mesure, from Old French mesure, from Latin mēnsūra ("a measuring, rule, something to measure by"), from mensus, past participle of metiri. Displaced native Middle English mete ("measure") (from Old English met ("measure"), compare Old English mitta ("a measure")), Middle English ameten, imeten (from Old English metan ("to mete, measure")), Middle English hof ("measure, reason") (from Old Norse hof ("measure, reason")), Old English mǣþ ("measure, degree").

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