previous next
Measure, subst. 1) that by which extent or quantity is ascertained: (a tailor) “with his shears and m. in his hand,” John IV, 2, 196. Metaphorically: “these particulars are not my m.” Sonn. 91, 7 (i. e. to estimate human happiness). “their memory shall as a pattern or a m. live, by which his grace must mete the lives of others,” H4B IV, 4, 76. “know by m. of their observant toil the enemy's weight,” Troil. I, 3, 202. “my life will be too short, and every m. fail me,” Lr. IV, 7, 3. “this dotage o'erflows the m.” Ant. I, 1, 2.
2) a limited or ascertained extent or quantity; in a proper and a metaphorical sense: the m. of one (mile) “is easily told,” LLL V, 2, 190. “shrunk to this little m.” Caes. III, 1, 150. “--s of lawn,” Oth. IV, 3, 73. “send --s of wheat to Rome,” Ant. II, 6, 37. “there is no m. in the occasion that breeds,” Ado I, 3, 3. “more m. of this m.” LLL V, 2, 222 (== more of this dance). “according to the m. of their states,” As V, 4, 181. “fill up the m. of her will,” John II, 556. “a reasonable m. in strength,” H5 V, 2, 141. “to add more m. to your woes,” H6C II, 1, 105. “hath given me m. of revenge,” II, 3, 32. “the m. of his love,” III, 3, 120. “after the m. as you intended well,” Cor. V, 1, 46. “filled the time with all licentious m.” Tim. V, 4, 4 (== with all measure or degree of licence). “there is no end, no limit, m., bound, in that word's death,” Rom. III, 2, 125. “this . . . we will perform in m., time and place,” Mcb. V, 8, 73. “most narrow m. lent me,” Ant. III, 4, 8. “that he should dream, knowing all --s, the full Caesar will answer his emptiness,” III, 13, 35. “unfold his m. duly,” Cymb. I, 1, 26. heaped m. == great quantity, high degree: “with m. heaped in joy,” As V, 4, 185 (== joyful in the highest degree). “if the m. of thy joy be heaped like mine,” Rom. II, 6, 24. to take m. == to measure, to ascertain the extent or degree of a thing: “took m. of my body,” Err. IV, 3, 9. “taking the m. of an unmade grave,” Rom. III, 3, 70. “that he might take a m. of his own judgments,” All's IV, 3, 38. m. for m. == like for like: “like doth quit like, and m. still for m.” Meas. V, 416. “m. for m. must be answered,” H6C II, 6, 55. Hence used as a judicial term for dealing out justice: “justice always whirls in equal m.” LLL IV, 3, 384 (quibbling). “received no sinister m. from his judge,” Meas. III, 2, 257. “this is hard and undeserved m.” All's II, 3, 273 (== treatment). Above m. == immensely: Cymb. II, 4, 113. “loved me above the m. of a father,” Cor. V, 3, 10. “beyond all m.” Shr. I, 2, 90. out of m. == immoderately: Ado I, 3, 2. in all fair m. == in any fair degree, Troil. III, 1, 47. “in great m.” Ado I, 1, 25. “in some m.” Mids. I, 2, 30. John II, 557. H4B I, 1, 139. “in some large m.” R2 I, 2, 26. “in some little m.” As V, 2, 63. “in some slight m.” Mids. III, 2, 86. with m. == competently: “he cannot but with m. fit the honours which we devise him,” Cor. II, 2, 127. “come not within the m. of my wrath,” Gent. V, 4, 127 (== within the reach).
Used of a certain quantity of a beverage: “carouse full m. to her maidenhead,” Shr. III, 2, 227. “we'll drink a m. the table round,” Mcb. III, 4, 11. “would fain have a m. to the health of black Othello,” Oth. II, 3, 32.
3) moderation; just degree: there is m. in every “thing,” Ado II, 1, 74 (quibbling). “in m. rein thy joy,” Merch. III, 2, 113. “my legs can keep no m. in delight when my poor heart no m. keeps in grief,” R2 III, 4, 7.
4) metre: for the one (verses) “I have neither words nor m.” H5 V, 2, 139.
5) music accompanying and regulating motion: “shall braying trumpets and loud churlich drums be --s to our pomp?” John III, 1, 304.
6) a grave and solemn dance: “mannerly modest, as a m., full of state and ancientry,” Ado II, 1, 80. “a delightful m. or a dance,” R2 I, 3, 291. Used of any dance: “to guide our m. round about the tree,” Wiv. V, 5, 83. “in our m. do vouchsafe one change,” LLL V, 2, 209. LLL V, 2, 209 “to the --s fall,” As V, 4, 185. “dancing --s,” As V, 4, 185 “the triplex is a good tripping m.” Tw. V, 41. H5 V, 2, 141. R3 I, 1, 8. Rom. I, 4, 10. I, 5, 52. Per. II, 3, 104. “to lead the m.” All's II, 1, 58. “a m. to lead 'em once again,” H8 I, 4, 106. “to tread the --s,” Ven. 1148. LLL V, 2, 185. As V, 4, 45. Play on the word: Ado II, 1, 74. LLL IV, 3, 384. R2 III, 4, 7.
7) regulated and graceful motion in general: “the horse that doth untread again his tedious --s,” Merch. II, 6, 11. “hath not my gait in it the m. of the court?” Wint. IV, 4, 757.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: