What does the word measure mean?

Usage examples for measure

  1. To which Gananciosa replied, taking up the measure as she best might- " For the little brown lad, With a good bright eye, Who would not lose her name?" – The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  2. And the same, though in smaller measure, was the consequence of many other taxes. – Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell