One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Able to be measured; having fixed limits.
- ‘t follows, that the quantity of a force is its effect, as mensurable by time and space.’
- ‘A detection device for sensing the passage of a discrete body through a cely fitting pipe comprises a constriction which, by interaction with the moving body, produces a change in a mensurable parameter in the region of the constriction, which change is sensed by a suitable detector.’
- 1.1Music another term for mensural
- ‘Now in our day new and more recent authors have appeared, who write on mensurable music with little reverence for their ancestors.’
- ‘The signs denoting the rests in mensurable music have been adopted into the modern system without modification.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘moderate’): from late Latin mensurabilis, from mensurare ‘to measure’, from Latin mensura ‘measure’.
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