Definition of measurement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeʒəmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeʒərmənt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the act or the process of finding the size, quantity or degree of something the metric system of measurement Accurate measurement is very important in science. CollocationsScientific researchTheory formulate/​advance a theory/​hypothesis build/​construct/​create/​develop a simple/​theoretical/​mathematical model develop/​establish/​provide/​use a theoretical/​conceptual framework advance/​argue/​develop the thesis that… explore an idea/​a concept/​a hypothesis make a prediction/​an inference base a prediction/​your calculations on something investigate/​evaluate/​accept/​challenge/​reject a theory/​hypothesis/​modelExperiment design an experiment/​a questionnaire/​a study/​a test do research/​an experiment/​an analysis make observations/​measurements/​calculations carry out/​conduct/​perform an experiment/​a test/​a longitudinal study/​observations/​clinical trials run an experiment/​a simulation/​clinical trials repeat an experiment/​a test/​an analysis replicate a study/​the results/​the findings observe/​study/​examine/​investigate/​assess a pattern/​a process/​a behaviour/(especially US English) a behavior fund/​support the research/​project/​study seek/​provide/​get/​secure funding for researchResults collect/​gather/​extract data/​information yield data/​evidence/​similar findings/​the same results analyse/​examine the data/​soil samples/​a specimen consider/​compare/​interpret the results/​findings fit the data/​model confirm/​support/​verify a prediction/​a hypothesis/​the results/​the findings prove a conjecture/​hypothesis/​theorem draw/​make/​reach the same conclusions read/​review the records/​literature describe/​report an experiment/​a study present/​publish/​summarize the results/​findings present/​publish/​read/​review/​cite a paper in a scientific journal Culturethe imperial systemThe imperial system is the traditional system of weights and measures in Britain, which is gradually being replaced by the metric system. Customary measure used in the US is similar to the imperial system with a few slight differences. Although most imperial measures have now gone out of use in Britain, many older British people still think of things in terms of the old system. The only imperial measure still widely used officially in the UK is the mile, which is used on road signs. In the US, customary units, also called standard units, are still used and the metric system is only used in scientific research.Length is measured in yards, feet and inches, and many people know their height in feet and inches. Weight is measured in pounds and ounces, although many British people say their own weight in stones (a stone is 14 pounds) and pounds. Larger quantities are weighed in hundredweight and tons, the exact sizes of which are slightly different in the UK and US. Volume is measured in pints and gallons, with a US gallon being slightly smaller than a UK gallon. In Britain, pints are still used to measure beer in pubs. The imperial unit of area is the acre, an Old English word meaning field, which equals 4 840 square yards and it is still often preferred to the metric hectare. Weather forecasters in Britain now describe temperature in degrees Celsius or Centigrade, but they sometimes convert it to the Fahrenheit scale, in which freezing point is 32° and boiling point 212°, for older people. Fahrenheit is still used in the US.
  2. 2  [countable, usually plural] the size, length or amount of something to take somebody’s chest/waist measurement Do you know your measurements (= the size of parts of your body)? The exact measurements of the room are 3 metres 20 by 2 metres 84.
  3. Extra examples It is important to take precise measurements of the structure. Objective measurement is difficult with such poor equipment. By making careful measurements of the eclipses, astronomers have made great progress in understanding them. Do you know your measurements? I’ll need to take your waist measurement.
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