Definition of mensuration in US English:



  • 1Measuring.

    • ‘It involves the solution of polygons given certain sides and angles between them, their mensuration, division by diagonals, circumscribing polygons around circles and inscribing polygons in circles.’
    • ‘That is, the data are not very useful for mensuration of the imagery onto a geodetic grid, which is essential for determining Global Positioning System coordinates for precision-guided munitions (PGMs).’
    • ‘Hypsicles added a Book XIV to the Elements which dealt with the mensuration of the regular dodecahedron and icosahedron.’
    • ‘In a so-called mensuration canon, all of the voices end at the same time, which means that the later you enter the canon, the faster you have to sing - or the more you have to compress - to reach the end at the same time as everybody else.’
    • ‘This section on mensuration certainly has more in common with Hindu and Hebrew texts than it does with any Greek work.’
    • ‘Such a braiding of machines and men, meaning and mensuration, should not surprise us.’
    • ‘Similarly, even as sophisticated quantitative mensuration came gradually to supersede the qualitative analyses of medieval science, alchemists and astrologers serenely continued their work.’
    • ‘His first article, written in 1804 in the Philosophical Magazine was On the mensuration of timber while the last, in the same publication, was On the velocity of sound and on the Encke planet.’
    • ‘The calendar preceded the measures, and we should not be surprised to find that the word mensuration is still in force to describe accurate measurement of quantity - length, areas, volume.’
    • ‘The lower instruments follow at different speed - as in the mensuration canons by composers such as Josquin and Ockeghem.’
    • ‘His special tool interests are rules and mensuration.’
    measurement, measuring, calculation, computation, estimating, quantification, quantifying, weighing, sizing
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    1. 1.1 The measuring of geometric magnitudes, lengths, areas, and volumes.
      • ‘It is a small treatise of seventeen folios in which we find nothing on mensuration that the arithmeticians of the East did not know.’
      • ‘It is devoted mainly to arithmetic and algebra, with just a few problems on geometry and mensuration.’
      • ‘It is a work which covers arithmetic, algebra and mensuration.’
      • ‘Chapter 13 consists of 55 verses on arithmetic, mensuration, and shadow reckoning.’


Late 16th century (denoting measurement in general): from late Latin mensuratio(n-), from mensurare ‘to measure’.