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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MEASURES

But they had other measures, too, and they danced them very prettily.

I might be forced into measures, which might entirely frustrate my purpose.

I shall take other measures; for I see you are a confederate with them.

The measures required, therefore, must first of all have regard to these two points.

Well, Jack, thou seest it is high time to change my measures.

The vigour and promptness of these measures cannot be too highly extolled.

If he thinks he's ill-treated, he measures the supposed cause by his sufferings.

Reckoned by feet, it was fifty measures in length as it lay.

He kept weights to buy by and weights to sell by, measures to buy by and measures to sell by.

In consequence of these measures, the whole country was in arms.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to deal out by measure," from Old French mesurer "measure; moderate, curb" (12c.), from Late Latin mensurare "to measure," from Latin mensura "a measuring, a measurement; thing to measure by," from mensus, past participle of metiri "to measure," from PIE *me- "to measure" (see meter (n.2)).

Replaced Old English cognate mæð "measure." Meaning "to ascertain spatial dimensions of" is mid-14c. To measure up "have the necessary abilities" is 1910, American English. Related: Measured; measuring.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.