from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The process of measuring; the ascertainment of the numerical amount of any quantity.
  • noun The numerical amount or measure of anything, whether a number, the dimensions of a solid, the bulk of a fluid, mass, duration, or degree.
  • noun In law, ascertainment and assignment of the due proportion: as, admeasurement of damages, or of dower in an estate; admeasurement of the right of an individual in a common pasture.
  • noun Sometimes called admensuration.

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  • noun Apportionment.


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  • And the reader will see (in the paragraph preceding that memorable one which winds up with the diseased oyster) that he must be a worthless creature for daring to like the book, as he could only do so from a desire to hug himself in a sense of superiority by admeasurement with the most worthless of his fellow-creatures!

    The Kickleburys on the Rhine 2006

  • Of course he had some principle of guessing; and this lay in mere observation and admeasurement of the astuteness of his opponents.

    The Purloined Letter 2006

  • We also measured the thickness of every book-cover, with the most accurate admeasurement, and applied to each the most jealous scrutiny of the microscope.

    The Purloined Letter 2006

  • "For its practical value it depends upon this," replied Dupin; and the Prefect and his cohort fall so frequently, first, by default of this identification, and, secondly, by ill-admeasurement, or rather through non-admeasurement, of the intellect with which they are engaged.

    The Purloined Letter 2006

  • It is allowed, say the geometricians, that no mountain in height or sea in depth exceeds ten furlongs, and yet it seems probable that Xenagoras did not take his admeasurement carelessly, but according to the rules of art, and with instruments for the purpose.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Plutarch 2003

  • This settlement contains, by admeasurement, 134 acres, a part of which is planted with maize, very backward, but in general tolerably good, and beautifully green.

    The Settlement at Port Jackson 2003

  • But as I was crowded for space, and wished the other parts of my body to remain a blank page for a poem I was then composing — at least, what untattooed parts might remain — I did not trouble myself with the odd inches; nor, indeed, should inches at all enter into a congenial admeasurement of the whale.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale 2002

  • The accident was harmless -- for, according to honest admeasurement, it evaded my father's foot by a full yard -- but, under nervous alarm, he swore, and, as troopers will swear, that it had descended direct upon his afflicted member, and, consequently that he was ruined for life.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850 Various

  • But the highest waves have been reported off the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, where they have been observed, on rare occasions, from 30 to 40 ft high; and 36 ft. has been given as the admeasurement in the Bay of Biscay, under very exceptional circumstances.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887 Various

  • Surely hard biting is sufficiently appreciable by the person bitten without any visual admeasurement of the masseter muscles or the zygomatic arches.

    Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited? An Examination of the View Held by Spencer and Darwin


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