The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

3 definitions found
 for Square measure
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Square \Square\ (skw[^a]r), a.
     1. (Geom.) Having four equal sides and four right angles; as,
        a square figure.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Forming a right angle; as, a square corner.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and
        angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a
        square frame.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. Exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just.
        [1913 Webster]
              She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to
              her.                                  --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. Rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest; as, square
        [1913 Webster]
     6. Even; leaving no balance; as, to make or leave the
        accounts square.
        [1913 Webster]
     7. Leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous.
        [1913 Webster]
              By Heaven, square eaters.
              More meat, I say.                     --Beau. & Fl.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Square is often used in self-explaining compounds or
           combinations, as in square-built, square-cornered,
           square-cut, square-nosed, etc.
           [1913 Webster]
     Square foot, an area equal to that of a square the sides of
        which are twelve inches; 144 square inches.
     Square knot, a knot in which the terminal and standing
        parts are parallel to each other; a reef knot. See Illust.
        under Knot.
     Square measure, 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.
     Square number. 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.
     Square sail (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.
     Square stern (Naut.), a stern having a transom and joining
        the counter timbers at an angle, as distinguished from a
        round stern, which has no transom.
     Three-square, Five-square, etc., having three, five,
        etc., equal sides; as, a three-square file.
     To get square with, to get even with; to pay off. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  measure \meas"ure\ (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.
     Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is
        measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
        [1913 Webster]
              False ells and measures be brought all clean adown.
                                                    --R. of
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and
              broader than the sea.                 --Job xi. 9.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a
        quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited
        quantity or amount.
        [1913 Webster]
              It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in
              three measures of meal.               --Luke xiii.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds;
        moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in
        measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
        [1913 Webster]
              Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth
              without measure.                      --Is. v. 14.
        [1913 Webster]
     6. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted
        share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due
        [1913 Webster]
              Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of
              my days.                              --Ps. xxxix.
        [1913 Webster]
     7. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying
        and selling; as, to give good or full measure.
        [1913 Webster]
     8. Undefined quantity; extent; degree.
        [1913 Webster]
              There is a great measure of discretion to be used in
              the performance of confession.        --Jer. Taylor.
        [1913 Webster]
     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, Triple,
            Quadruple, Sextuple, Compound time, under
            Compound, 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.
            [1913 Webster]
     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 under denominator.
         [1913 Webster +PJC]
     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.
         [1913 Webster]
               His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken
               in the conferring that trust, and lamented his
               error.                               --Clarendon.
         [1913 Webster]
     12. The act of measuring; measurement. --Shak.
         [1913 Webster]
     13. pl. (Geol.) Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead
         [1913 Webster]
     linear measure, lineal measure, or long measure,
        measure of length; the measure of lines or distances.
     Liquid measure, the measure of liquids.
     Square measure, 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,
        ability, etc.
     To tread a measure, to dance in the style so called. See 9
         (a) .
             [1913 Webster]
                   Say to her, we have measured many miles
                   To tread a measure with her on this grass.
             [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  square measure
      n 1: a system of units used to measure areas [syn: area unit,
           square measure]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229