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measure vb.:
1. “ ” one's “length,” fall or lie full length on the ground MND. III. ii. 429 “To out my length on this cold bed,” Lr. I. iv. 100 “If you will your lubber's length again” ; so Cym. I. ii. 26 “till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground.”
2. “measure swords,” fight AYL. V. iv. 91.
3. to mark “out” the bounds of AYL. II. vi. 2.
5. to traverse Gent. II. vii. 10, Mer.V. III. iv. 84 “we must twenty miles to-day” ; to go back upon (one's steps), retrace (a path) Tp. II. i. 267 [259], John V. v. 3.
6. to tread (a ‘measure’), only quibblingly in Rom. I. iv. 10 “We'll measure them a measure, and be gone.”
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