What does measure mean?

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  1. A prescribed quantity or extent.
    1. (obsolete) Moderation, temperance. [13th-19th c.]
    2. A limit that cannot be exceeded; a bound. (Now chiefly in set phrases.) [from 14th c.]
    3. An (unspecified) portion or quantity. [from 16th c.]
  2. The act or result of measuring.
    1. (now chiefly cooking) A receptacle or vessel of a standard size, capacity etc. as used to deal out specific quantities of some substance. [from 14th c.]
    2. A standard against which something can be judged; a criterion. [from 14th c.]
    3. Any of various standard units of capacity. [from 14th c.]
    4. A unit of measurement. [from 14th c.]
    5. The size of someone or something, as ascertained by measuring. (Now chiefly in make to measure.) [from 14th c.]
    6. (now rare) The act or process of measuring. [from 14th c.]
    7. A ruler, measuring stick, or graduated tape used to take measurements. [from 16th c.]
    8. (mathematics) A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; a divisor or factor. [from 16th c.]
    9. (geology) A bed or stratum. [from 17th c.]
    10. (mathematics) A function that assigns a non-negative number to a given set following the mathematical nature that is common among length, volume, probability and the like. [from 20th c.]
  3. Metrical rhythm.
    1. (now archaic) A melody. [from 14th c.]
    2. (now archaic) A dance. [from 15th c.]
    3. (poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a metrical foot. [from 15th c.]
    4. (music) A musical designation consisting of all notes and or rests delineated by two vertical bars; an equal and regular division of the whole of a composition; a bar. [from 17th c.]
  4. A course of action.
    1. (plural) Actions designed to achieve some purpose; plans. [from 17th c.]
    2. A piece of legislation. [from 18th c.]
  1. To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.
  2. To be of (a certain size), to have (a certain measurement)
  3. To estimate the unit size of something.
  4. To judge, value, or appraise.
  5. To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.
  6. (rare) To traverse, cross, pass along; to travel over.
  7. To adjust by a rule or standard.
  8. To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; often with out or off.
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