Definition of mensuration in English:



  • 1Measuring.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His special tool interests are rules and mensuration.’
    • ‘The lower instruments follow at different speed - as in the mensuration canons by composers such as Josquin and Ockeghem.’
    • ‘Such a braiding of machines and men, meaning and mensuration, should not surprise us.’
    • ‘Hypsicles added a Book XIV to the Elements which dealt with the mensuration of the regular dodecahedron and icosahedron.’
    • ‘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).’
    measurement, measuring, calculation, computation, estimating, quantification, quantifying, weighing, sizing
    evaluation, assessment, appraisal, gauging
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    1. 1.1Mathematics The measuring of geometric magnitudes, lengths, areas, and volumes.
      • ‘It is a work which covers arithmetic, algebra and mensuration.’
      • ‘Chapter 13 consists of 55 verses on arithmetic, mensuration, and shadow reckoning.’
      • ‘It is devoted mainly to arithmetic and algebra, with just a few problems on geometry and mensuration.’
      • ‘It is a small treatise of seventeen folios in which we find nothing on mensuration that the arithmeticians of the East did not know.’


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