Taking a measurement involves figuring out how long something is or what it weighs or how fast it is. Measurements usually require something like a ruler or a stop watch.

When you step on the scale to check your weight, you're getting a measurement. When you pull out a ruler and measure a piece of paper, you're making a measurement. Astronomers make measurements of how far away other planets and stars are. In the Olympics, a timer does a measurement of who's fastest, to see who won a race. Anytime you're using a measuring device to come up with a number for something, you're taking a measurement.

Definitions of measurement

n the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule

“the measurements were carefully done”
measure, measuring, mensuration
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the measurement of tremors and shocks and undulatory movements of earthquakes
quantitative analysis, quantitative chemical analysis
chemical analysis to determine the amounts of each element in the substance
measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (especially of the sun's rays)
measuring sensitivity to pain or pressure
recording anemometrical measurements
measuring wind speed and direction
the precise measurement of angles
measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities
arterial blood gases
measurement of the pH level and the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in arterial blood; important in diagnosis of many respiratory diseases
measuring sensitivity of hearing
bathymetry, plumbing
measuring the depths of the oceans
measurement of quantities of heat
measurement of human heads
measuring the optical density of a substance by shining light on it and measuring its transmission
measuring the dose of radiation emitted by a radioactive source
fetometry, foetometry
measurement of a fetus (especially the diameter of the head)
gravimetry, hydrometry
the measurement of specific gravity
hypsography, hypsometry
measurement of the elevation of land above sea level
mental measurement
a generic term used to cover any application of measurement techniques to the quantification of mental functions
measuring with a micrometer
the act of making and recording a measurement
measurement of the dimensions of the bony birth canal (to determine whether vaginal birth is possible)
measurement of the properties of light (especially luminous intensity)
the act of discovering or expressing the quantity of something
radioactive dating
measurement of the amount of radioactive material (usually carbon 14) that an object contains; can be used to estimate the age of the object
meter reading, reading
the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments
measurement at regular intervals of the amplitude of a varying waveform (in order to convert it to digital form)
the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)
sound ranging
locating a source of sound (as an enemy gun) by measurements of the time the sound arrives at microphones in known positions
act of measuring or arranging or adjusting according to a scale
the use of a spirometer to measure vital capacity
the practice of measuring angles and distances on the ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map
automatic transmission and measurement of data from remote sources by wire or radio or other means
the measurement of temperature
the measurement of changes in weight as a function of changes in temperature used as a technique of chemically analyzing substances
the measurement of intraocular pressure by determining the amount of force needed to make a slight indentation in the cornea
viscometry, viscosimetry
the measurement of viscosity
a method of surveying; the area is divided into triangles and the length of one side and its angles with the other two are measured, then the lengths of the other sides can be calculated
colorimetric analysis, colorimetry
quantitative chemical analysis by color using a colorimeter
volumetric analysis
quantitative analysis by the use of definite volumes of standard solutions or reagents
volumetric analysis
determination of the volume of gases (or changes in their volume) during combination
gravimetric analysis
quantitative analysis by weight
the study of chemical compounds inside a cell by means of a cytophotometer
gradation, graduation
the act of arranging in grades
the act of scaling in weight or quantity or dimension
mental test, mental testing, psychometric test, test
any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
radio observation
an observation made with a radio telescope
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any specific behavior

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