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measure Idioms & Phrases


Arcual measure of an angle

  • (Math.), that in which the unit angle has its measuring arc equal to the radius of the circle.
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beyond measure

  • adverb in excess or without limit
    • amazed beyond measure
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Binary measure

  • (Mus.), measure divisible by two or four; common time.
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board measure

  • noun a system of units for measuring lumber based on the board foot
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capacity measure

  • noun a unit of measurement of volume or capacity
    capacity measure; cubage unit; volume unit; displacement unit; cubic content unit; capacity unit; cubature unit.
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circular measure

  • noun measurement of angles in radians
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Cloth measure

  • the measure of length and surface by which cloth is measured and sold. For this object the standard yard is usually divided into quarters and nails.
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Coal measures

  • . (Geol.) (a) Strata of coal with the attendant rocks. (b) A subdivision of the carboniferous formation, between the millstone grit below and the Permian formation above, and including nearly all the workable coal beds of the world.
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common measure

  • noun a time signature indicating four beats to the bar
    common time; quadruple time; four-four time.
  • noun an integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly
    common divisor; common factor.
  • noun the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
    common meter.
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cubic measure

  • noun a unit of measurement of volume or capacity
    capacity measure; cubage unit; volume unit; displacement unit; cubic content unit; capacity unit; cubature unit.
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defensive measure

  • noun (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
    defense; defence.
    • they died in the defense of Stalingrad
    • they were developed for the defense program
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desperate measure

  • noun desperate actions taken as a means to an end
    • he had to resort to desperate measures
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Dry measure

  • noun a unit of capacity for dry commodities (as fruit or grain)
    dry unit.
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  • a system of measures of volume for dry or coarse articles, by the bushel, peck, etc.
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electronic warfare-support measures

  • noun electronic warfare undertaken under direct control of an operational commander to locate sources of radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition
    ESM.
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for good measure

  • adverb in addition (as to close a deal)
    • the car salesman threw in the radio, for good measure
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fundamental measure

  • noun one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
    fundamental quantity.
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give full measure

  • verb perform a task as well as possible
    do one's best; go all out; give one's best.
    • The cast gives full measure every night
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Half measure

  • an imperfect or weak line of action.
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Imperial weights and measures

  • the standards legalized by the British Parliament.
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information measure

  • noun a system of measurement of information based on the probabilities of the events that convey information
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Land measure

  • the system of measurement used in determining the area of land; also, a table of areas used in such measurement.
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Lineal, ∨ Long, measure

  • measure of length; the measure of lines or distances.
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Lineal measure

  • the measure of length; usually written linear measure.
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Linear measure

  • noun a unit of measurement of length
    linear unit.
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  • the measurement of length.
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Liquid measure

  • noun a unit of capacity for liquids (for measuring the volumes of liquids or their containers)
    liquid unit.
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  • the measure of liquids.
  • a measure, or system of measuring, for liquids, by the gallon, quart, pint, gill, etc.
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long measure

  • noun a measure of length
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Long measure, Long mater

  • . See under Measure, Meter.
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measure out

  • verb determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
    mensurate; measure.
    • Measure the length of the wall
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measure up

  • verb prove capable or fit; meet requirements
    qualify.
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measuring block

  • noun a unit of measurement
    measuring block.
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measuring cup

  • noun graduated cup used to measure liquid or granular ingredients
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measuring device

  • noun instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
    measuring device; measuring instrument.
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measuring instrument

  • noun instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
    measuring device; measuring instrument.
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measuring rod

  • noun measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
    measuring rod; measure.
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measuring stick

  • noun measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements
    measuring rod; measure.
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measuring system

  • noun instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
    measuring device; measuring instrument.
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measuring unit

  • noun a unit of measurement
    measuring block.
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measuring worm

  • noun small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
    inchworm; looper.
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security measure

  • noun an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
    security system; security; security measure.
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security measures

  • noun measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.
    security.
    • military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising
  • noun an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
    security system; security; security measure.
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Solid measure

  • (Arith.), a measure for volumes, in which the units are each a cube of fixed linear magnitude, as a cubic foot, yard, or the like; thus, a foot, in solid measure, or a solid foot, contains 1,728 solid inches.
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Square measure

  • noun a system of units used to measure areas
    area unit.
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  • the measure of a superficies or surface which depends on the length and breadth taken conjointly. The units of square measure are squares whose sides are the linear measures; as, square inches, square feet, square meters, etc.
  • the measure of superficial area of surfaces in square units, as inches, feet, miles, etc.
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system of weights and measures

  • noun system of measurement for length and weight and duration
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tape measure

  • noun measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths
    tape; tapeline.
    • the carpenter should have used his tape measure
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time-delay measuring instrument

  • noun chronoscope for measuring the time difference between two events
    time-delay measuring instrument.
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time-delay measuring system

  • noun chronoscope for measuring the time difference between two events
    time-delay measuring instrument.
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To have hard measure

  • to have harsh treatment meted out to one; to be harshly or oppressively dealt with.
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To measure swords with one

  • to try another's skill in the use of the sword; hence, figuratively, to match one's abilities against an antagonist's.
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To take measures

  • to make preparations; to provide means.
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To take one's measure

  • to measure one, as for a garment; hence, to form an opinion of one's disposition, character, ability, etc.
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To tread a measure

  • to dance in the style so called. See 9 (a).
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Triple measure

  • (Mus.), a measure of tree beats of which first only is accented.
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Unit of measure

  • (as of length, surface, volume, dry measure, liquid measure, money, weight, time, and the like), in general, a determinate quantity or magnitude of the kind designated, taken as a standard of comparison for others of the same kind, in assigning to them numerical values, as 1 foot, 1 yard, 1 mile, 1 square foot, 1 square yard, 1 cubic foot, 1 peck, 1 bushel, 1 gallon, 1 cent, 1 ounce, 1 pound, 1 hour, and the like; more specifically, the fundamental unit adopted in any system of weights, measures, or money, by which its several denominations are regulated, and which is itself defined by comparison with some known magnitude, either natural or empirical, as, in the United States, the dollar for money, the pound avoirdupois for weight, the yard for length, the gallon of 8.3389 pounds avoirdupois of water at 39.8° Fahr. (about 231 cubic inches) for liquid measure, etc.; in Great Britain, the pound sterling, the pound troy, the yard, or 1108719 part of the length of a second's pendulum at London, the gallon of 277.274 cubic inches, etc.; in the metric system, the meter, the liter, the gram, etc.
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water measure

Wa"ter meas"ure
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  1. A measure formerly used for articles brought by water, as coals, oysters, etc. The water-measure bushel was three gallons larger than the Winchester bushel. Cowell.
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Wine measure

  • the measure by which wines and other spirits are sold, smaller than beer measure.
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yard measure

  • noun a ruler or tape that is three feet long
    yardstick.
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