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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
measured (=very carefully controlled)
▪ He spoke slowly, in a calm and measured tone.
▪ Consider the view that the link between aggregate consumption and current measured income is a tenuous one. 4.
▪ People with identical opportunity sets make different decisions, because of differences in tastes, and as a consequence have different measured incomes.
▪ Conversely, people may have different opportunity sets but the same measured income.
▪ These generate income according to the comprehensive definition, but are not typically included in measured income.
▪ Before each session, he had watched their suspect sizing up his interrogators, readying his replies in measured tones.
▪ Instead of their polished manner and measured tones, he sweats under the studio lights and delivers his lines in a bellow.
▪ If the events outlined by Kelly came as a shock or a surprise, he concealed it in his calm measured tones.
▪ There was almost, thought the Doctor, a trace of boredom in those measured tones.
▪ Let us return to the measured tones of Cliff Cunningham.
▪ a calm and measured response
▪ Let us return to the measured tones of Cliff Cunningham.
▪ Their strident moralism jarred with both the measured middle-class radicalism of the repealers and the dominant patrician language of high politics.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Measured \Meas"ured\, a. Regulated or determined by a standard; hence, equal; uniform; graduated; limited; moderated; as, he walked with measured steps; he expressed himself in no measured terms. -- Meas"ured*ly, adv.


Measure \Meas"ure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Measured; p. pr. & vb. n. Measuring.] [F. mesurer, L. mensurare. See Measure, n.]

  1. To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to appraise.

    Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite Thy power! what thought can measure thee?

  2. To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.

  3. To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance.

    A true devoted pilgrim is not weary To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps.

  4. To adjust by a rule or standard.

    To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires by your fortunes, not your fortunes by your desires.
    --Jer. Taylor.

  5. To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; -- often with out or off.

    With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
    --Matt. vii. 2.

    That portion of eternity which is called time, measured out by the sun.

    To measure swords with one, to try another's skill in the use of the sword; hence, figuratively, to match one's abilities against an antagonist's.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "deliberate, restrained," adjective from past participle of measure (v.). Meaning "uniform, regular" is from c.1400.

  1. 1 That has been determined by measurement. 2 deliberate but restrained. 3 (lb en of poetry &c.) rhythmically written in meter; metrical. v

  2. (en-past of: measure)

  1. adj. determined by measurement; "the measured distance was less than a mile" [ant: unmeasured]

  2. the rhythmic arrangement of syllables [syn: metrical, metric]

  3. carefully thought out in advance; "a calculated insult"; "with measured irony" [syn: calculated, deliberate]

  4. with care and dignity; "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed" [syn: careful, deliberate]

Usage examples of "measured".

Both formation and breakup of acetylcholine is brought about with exceeding rapidity, and the chemical changes keep up quite handily with the measured rates of depolarization and repolarization taking place along the course of a nerve fiber.

The amplitude of vibration, which determines the intensity of stimulus, can be accurately measured by the graduated circle.

The amplitude of vibration is measured by means of a graduated circle.

Petrequin speaks of a male breast 18 inches long which he amputated, and Laurent gives the photograph of a man whose breasts measured 30 cm.

By looking vertically down, its angular or lateral movements could be measured with accuracy.

The circular annulus on which the cut face of the donut half sits, as measured by Cst, represents the lunar surface where the shield intersects the ground.

A property tax on motor vehicles used in operating a stage line that makes constant and unusual use of the highways may be measured by gross receipts and be assessed at a higher rate than taxes on property not so employed.

He stood up and went to the door, sliding the rice-paper panels back and giving Breezy a measured gaze.

More than the slow, measured thrust he now offered, the heel of his hand brushing her swollen clitoris with each deliberate rotation.

Seated with his back to the wall of the low-ceilinged, crowded tavern, Gruntle looked out with narrowed eyes on a motley collection of murderers, extortionists and thugs whose claim to power was measured in fear.

Mursinna describes a hydrocele which measured 27 inches in its longest and 17 in its transverse axis.

Act of the measurer upon the measured object: it too is therefore a kind of Reason-Principle.

Measurement is an Act of the measurer upon the measured object: it too is therefore a kind of Reason-Principle.

I measured its length and breadth, then the length of a metatarsal, and jotted the figures onto a form in the disaster victim packet, and onto a page in a spiral pad.

He thought of it as an aggregate entity, made of billions of cooperating organisms, each measured on the micrometer scale.