Definition of mensuration in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmen(t)SHəˈrāSHən/ /ˌmɛn(t)ʃəˈreɪʃən/ /ˌmensəˈrāSHən/ /ˌmɛnsəˈreɪʃən/

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  • 1Measuring.

    ‘Hypsicles added a Book XIV to the Elements which dealt with the mensuration of the regular dodecahedron and icosahedron.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘His special tool interests are rules and mensuration.’
    • ‘Such a braiding of machines and men, meaning and mensuration, should not surprise us.’
    • ‘The lower instruments follow at different speed - as in the mensuration canons by composers such as Josquin and Ockeghem.’
    measurement, measuring, calculation, computation, estimating, quantification, quantifying, weighing, sizing
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    1. 1.1The measuring of geometric magnitudes, lengths, areas, and volumes.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.