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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 meas·ure n.
 1. A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or multiples of which anything is estimated and stated; hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged.
 2. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
    False ells and measures be brought all clean adown.   --R. of Gloucester.
 3. The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated; estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat.
    The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.   --Job xi. 9.
 4. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount.
    It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal.   --Luke xiii. 21.
 5. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
    Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.   --Is. v. 14.
 6. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion.
    Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days.   --Ps. xxxix. 4.
 7. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure.
 8. Undefined quantity; extent; degree.
    There is a great measure of discretion to be used in the performance of confession.   --Jer. Taylor.
 9. Regulated division of movement: (a) Dancing A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet. (b) Mus. (1) The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats. (2) The space between two bars. See Beat, Triple, Quadruple, Sextuple, Compound time, under Compound, a., and Figure. (c) Poetry The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.
 10. Arith. A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases, the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc., of two or more numbers; a denominator.  See common denominator under denominator.
 11. A step or definite part of a progressive course or policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the accomplishment of an object; as, political measures; prudent measures; an inefficient measure.
    His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken in the conferring that trust, and lamented his error.   --Clarendon.
 12. The act of measuring; measurement.
 13. pl. Geol. Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures.
 linear measure, lineal measure, or long measure, measure of length; the measure of lines or distances.
 Liquid measure, the measure of liquids.
 Square measure, the measure of superficial area of surfaces in square units, as inches, feet, miles, etc.
 To have hard measure, to have harsh treatment meted out to one; to be harshly or oppressively dealt with.
 To take measures, to make preparations; to provide means.
 To take one's measure, to measure one, as for a garment; hence, to form an opinion of one's disposition, character, ability, etc.
 To tread a measure, to dance in the style so called. See 9 (a).
 Say to her, we have measured many miles
 To tread a measure with her on this grass.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Square a.
 1. Geom. Having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square figure.
 2. Forming a right angle; as, a square corner.
 3. Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a square frame.
 4. Exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just.
    She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to her.   --Shak.
 5. Rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest; as, square dealing.
 6. Even; leaving no balance; as, to make or leave the accounts square.
 7. Leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous.
 By Heaven, square eaters.
 More meat, I say.   --Beau. & Fl.
 8. Naut. At right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; -- said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced.
 Note:Square is often used in self-explaining compounds or combinations, as in square-built, square-cornered, square-cut, square-nosed, etc.
 Square foot, an area equal to that of a square the sides of which are twelve inches; 144 square inches.
 Square knot, a knot in which the terminal and standing parts are parallel to each other; a reef knot. See Illust. under Knot.
 Square measure, the measure of a superficies or surface which depends on the length and breadth taken conjointly. The units of square measure are squares whose sides are the linear measures; as, square inches, square feet, square meters, etc.
 Square number. See Square, n., 6.
 Square root of a number or Square root of a quantity Math., that number or quantity which, multiplied by itself, produces the given number or quantity.
 Square sail Naut., a four-sided sail extended upon a yard suspended by the middle; sometimes, the foresail of a schooner set upon a yard; also, a cutter's or sloop's sail boomed out. See Illust. of Sail.
 Square stern Naut., a stern having a transom and joining the counter timbers at an angle, as distinguished from a round stern, which has no transom.
 Three-square, Five-square, etc., having three, five, etc., equal sides; as, a three-square file.
 To get square with, to get even with; to pay off. [Colloq.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 square measure
      n : a system of units used to measure areas [syn: area unit]