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Main Entry: 1mea·sure
Pronunciation: mezh-r, mzh-
Etymology: Middle English mesure "measure," from early French mesure (same meaning), from Latin mensura "measure," from mensus, past participle of metiri "to measure" --related to DIMENSION, IMMENSE 1 a: an adequate, fixed, or suitable limit or amount <surprised beyond measure> b: 2AMOUNT, EXTENT, DEGREE <gained a large measure of freedom> 2 a: the size, capacity, or quantity of something as fixed by measuring <use equal measures of ingredients> b: something (as a yardstick or cup) used in measuring c: a unit used in measuring <the foot is a measure of length> d: a system of measuring <metric measure> 3: the act or process of measuring 4 a: 2DANCE 2; especially: a slow and stately dance b: rhythm or movement in music or poetry : METER, CADENCEc: the part of a musical staff between two bars or the group of beats between these bars 5: an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result; especially: a legislative bill or act - for good measure: in addition to what is required : as an extra