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Definition: square measure
n : a system of units used to measure areas [syn: area unit
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Definition: Square measure
1. (Geom.) Having four equal sides and four right angles; as,
a square figure.
2. Forming a right angle; as, a square corner.
3. Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and
angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a
4. Exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just.
She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to
5. Rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest; as, square
6. Even; leaving no balance; as, to make or leave the
7. Leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous.
By Heaven, square eaters.
More meat, I say. --Beau. & Fl.
8. (Naut.) At right angles with the mast or the keel, and
parallel to the horizon; -- said of the yards of a
square-rigged vessel when they are so braced.
Note: Square is often used in self-explaining compounds or
combinations, as in square-built, square-cornered,
square-cut, square-nosed, etc.
, an area equal to that of a square the sides of
which are twelve inches; 144 square inches.
, a knot in which the terminal and standing
parts are parallel to each other; a reef knot. See Illust.
, 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.
. See Square
, n., 6.
Square root of a number
or Square root of a quantity
(Math.), that number or quantity which, multiplied by
itself, produces the given number or quantity.
(Naut.), a four-sided sail extended upon a yard
suspended by the middle; sometimes, the foresail of a
schooner set upon a yard; also, a cutter's or sloop's sail
boomed out. See Illust. of Sail
(Naut.), a stern having a transom and joining
the counter timbers at an angle, as distinguished from a
round stern, which has no transom.
, etc., having three, five,
etc., equal sides; as, a three-square file.
To get square with
, to get even with; to pay off. [Colloq.]
(m[e^]zh"[-u]r; 135), n. [OE. mesure, F.
mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to
metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf.
1. A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or
extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or
multiples of which anything is estimated and stated;
hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged.
2. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is
measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
False ells and measures be brought all clean adown.
3. The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according
to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated;
estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat.
The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and
broader than the sea. --Job xi. 9.
4. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a
quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited
quantity or amount.
It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in
three measures of meal. --Luke xiii.
5. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds;
moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in
measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth
without measure. --Is. v. 14.
6. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted
share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due
Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of
my days. --Ps. xxxix.
7. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying
and selling; as, to give good or full measure.
8. Undefined quantity; extent; degree.
There is a great measure of discretion to be used in
the performance of confession. --Jer. Taylor.
9. Regulated division of movement:
(a) (Dancing) A regulated movement corresponding to the
time in which the accompanying music is performed;
but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the
(b) (Mus.) (1) The group or grouping of beats, caused by
the regular recurrence of accented beats. (2) The
space between two bars. See Beat
, Compound time
, a., and Figure
(c) (Poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the
quantities, or long and short syllables; meter;
rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.
10. (Arith.) A number which is contained in a given number a
number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases,
the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc., of
two or more numbers; a denominator. See common denominator
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11. A step or definite part of a progressive course or
policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the
accomplishment of an object; as, political measures;
prudent measures; an inefficient measure.
His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken
in the conferring that trust, and lamented his
12. The act of measuring; measurement. --Shak.
13. pl. (Geol.) Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead
, lineal measure
, or long measure
measure of length; the measure of lines or distances.
, the measure of liquids.
, the measure of superficial area of surfaces
in square units, as inches, feet, miles, etc.
To have hard measure
, to have harsh treatment meted out to
one; to be harshly or oppressively dealt with.
To take measures
, to make preparations; to provide means.
To take one's measure
, to measure one, as for a garment;
hence, to form an opinion of one's disposition, character,
To tread a measure
, to dance in the style so called. See 9
Say to her, we have measured many miles
To tread a measure with her on this grass.