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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
objective assessment/measurement/description etc
▪ It’s hard to give an objective opinion about your own children.
▪ The figures are too small to allow accurate measurement of the exponent.
▪ If accurate measurement of quality is in place, natural selection proceeds almost automatically.
▪ The method provides an accurate segmental measurement of distension of tubular organs.
▪ More accurate measurements showed that a single epicycle per planet was not enough.
▪ The accurate measurement of area by this method must be achieved before it is sensible to talk about reflectance.
▪ Because of the small difference between therapeutic and toxic levels in the serum, accurate measurements of lithium concentrations are essential.
▪ It was his development of special thermometer glass with glass capillaries containing liquid that made such accurate measurement feasible.
▪ Figure 8-5 contains a flowchart with 18 points describing the steps to be taken if accurate measurements are completed.
▪ This would allow direct measurement of how far senescence in the original population had been caused by accumulation of partially recessive mutations.
▪ Secondly are direct empirical measurements, thirdly are experimental investigations; and fourthly there are historical techniques.
▪ However, particularly for the gamma-ray contribution, more direct measurement of the radiation dose is usually employed.
▪ This question has often been answered with artists' impressions, but never with direct measurements.
▪ The assessment of needs is not, therefore, a matter of objective measurement.
▪ An objective physiological measurement is therefore preferable to asking people how they feel.
▪ Observations of behaviour based on objective measurement will make it possible to produce statements of cause and effect.
▪ For this reason objective measurement is not possible and the exactitude of the natural sciences can not be duplicated.
▪ Please write down two or more objective measurements.
▪ The method is particularly valuable as an objective measurement to assess the response to therapy.
▪ Finally, do not let the following calculations and precise measurements deter you.
▪ I would stay away from precise measurement of time.
▪ Developing better and more precise measurement of the properties of phenomena is the key to the progress of scientific knowledge.
▪ But this process is two way: it is also better theories which allow us to develop more precise measurement.
▪ They will combine both qualitative and quantitative measurements.
▪ Ideally, there should be standard cost tables and quantitative measurement devices for every important element of the health program.
▪ Polarised Zeeman correction methods have been used to improve the quantitative measurements from flame instruments giving greater stability and reducing spectral noise.
▪ The summary report included no quantitative measurements.
▪ There are two main sources of measurement error which reduce reliability.
▪ The last topic discussed is the measurement error in the money stock data.
▪ If these impacts are severe then alternative methods of analysis which are more robust to measurement error will be sought.
▪ Similarly, repeated measures may each contain a degree of measurement error.
▪ Data in the Table show that the scan score correlated significantly with all laboratory measurements except the erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
▪ The clinical indices and laboratory measurements were made within one week of having the bowel scan.
▪ For example, in terms of performance measurement, Anthony is explicitly concerned with economy, to the exclusion of efficiency and effectiveness.
▪ There were no computers, no calculators, and little experience with performance measurement, even in business.
▪ Fourth, the fund may lack the accounting systems and performance measurement techniques to incorporate futures, so discouraging their use.
▪ Practices on the rise included contracting for services, performance measurement, participatory management, impact fees, and strategic planning.
▪ The city is committed to the advancement of modern management systems and performance measurement.
▪ But are they providing information that will satisfy these needs and provide a foundation for successful strategies and meaningful performance measurement?
▪ The approach envisaged three elements: programme and activity classification by government departments; performance measurement and performance reporting.
▪ Pension funds have been subject to close scrutiny and performance measurement.
▪ The two-month changeout programme to replace the old Spectra-Tek meters with a new Daniels 2508 flow measurement system started last month.
▪ Real change will occur because measurement systems will change.
▪ Before the measurements we calibrated the measurement system with a two point minimum and maximum calibration.
▪ Workplace 2000 measurement systems will thus track costs at a level of detail and accuracy not possible before.
▪ This is not a measurement technique book, although speciation methods using popular approaches are well represented.
▪ A final problem with applying traditional measurement techniques to white-collar professional groups was that traditional measurement focused primarily on efficiency.
▪ Fourth, the fund may lack the accounting systems and performance measurement techniques to incorporate futures, so discouraging their use.
▪ It has endured the scrutiny of modern satellites and other measurement techniques.
▪ Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 give a good overview of the measurement techniques available today.
▪ Precision defines the extent to which a measurement technique can discriminate between differences in magnitude.
▪ You will gather from this that there is no list of measurement techniques.
▪ As these sensors are based on physical measurements they are somewhat less interesting for a chemical audience.
▪ Therefore, triglyceride quantitation is based on the measurement of both the free glycerol and the glycerol derived from triglyceride hydrolysis.
▪ It's all based on the measurement of the globe, you know.
▪ Observations of behaviour based on objective measurement will make it possible to produce statements of cause and effect.
▪ The sample tasks all include a measurement context in which decimals have to be ordered.
▪ The summary report included no quantitative measurements.
▪ The direction was included with this measurement.
▪ Other features include six measurement scales and calibration standards traceable back to International Standards Organisations.
▪ The most controversial of outside evaluations involving outcome measurements are testing programmes and public examination results.
▪ Emphasis should be given to practical activities involving measurement and estimation.
▪ This book provides such documentation and should serve as a benchmark for researchers involved in fumigant measurement for years to come.
▪ The early experiments involve simple angular measurement of the coordinates of celestial objects for star positions, planetary motions etc.
▪ There are many different ways to make these measurements on unstable nuclei.
▪ It is then removed from the etch tank, rinsed, dried, and finally tested by making five current measurements.
▪ As usual, however, there are problems, and help in solving them can be had by making a few simple measurements.
▪ Ever the engineers, they used calipers to make their measurements.
▪ Obviously, this differentiation can readily be made by measurement of serum gastrin.
▪ It was his development of special thermometer glass with glass capillaries containing liquid that made such accurate measurement feasible.
▪ If the intention is to make serious measurements calibration with a Helmholtz coil will be required.
▪ Fuller information than is given by about the fluctuations at a single point can be obtained by measurements of, etc.
▪ The next step is to obtain arterial blood gas measurements.
▪ This means that to obtain the same measurement for height and width the proportion of stitches to rows will be different.
▪ Activation energies may often be obtained from rate measurements by using transition state theory.
▪ At the time of sacrifice, blood was obtained for measurement of serum calcium, phosphate, and albumin.
▪ An extensive nutritional screen was performed, including measurements of blood mineral, vitamin, and fatty acid concentrations.
▪ Staffs must be trained and kept motivated to perform these measurements accurately.
▪ This requires careful measurement and joining to keep the two elbow bends aligned - assemble them dry and mark with a pencil.
▪ Above all, this study focuses upon change --which requires new techniques of measurement and analysis.
▪ They are termed anisotropic materials and require the measurement of several elastic moduli for their proper specification.
▪ The Insecticides Act of 1968 requires aerial spraying measurements under practical conditions to demonstrate safety for human beings, cattle and fowl.
▪ Figure shows some consecutive measurements at short time intervals.
▪ Table 8-7 shows some anthropometric measurements applied in nutritional assessment.
▪ In addition, we have shown that the physiological measurement of hypoxaemia is significantly related to prognosis and to clinical signs.
▪ But an estimator can call at the customer's home, take measurements and quote a price.
▪ He would take the measurements and send them to a shop back East and hope for the best.
▪ Hoffman was under great pressure to work fast and took measurements over two full days.
▪ Figure 8-5 contains a flowchart with 18 points describing the steps to be taken if accurate measurements are completed.
▪ Data were recorded at clinic visits every two weeks, at which time blood was taken for measurement of fructosamine concentrations.
▪ They then began to take measurements to see if any heat was being generated, suggestive of fusion occurring.
▪ Mum was taking measurements of a boy I knew, for his new trousers and shirt.
▪ For very wide windows, take further length measurements in between these.
▪ When dealing with a pair, divide the track length in half and use this measurement when referring to track length.
▪ This supernatant was used for measurement of isotopic enrichment of free leucine.
▪ A random zero sphygmomanometer was used for almost all measurements, and outsize cuffs were used when indicated by arm girth.
▪ The multiple-stream model allows the simulations of real stream patterns, using measurements of actual streams as a guide.
▪ The same instruments and techniques were used for all the measurements.
▪ Instead of using complicated measurements involving colour purity, resolution etc. to compare their performance I simply used each monitor for a day.
▪ I'll just take a few measurements, then I can tell you how much paint you will need.
▪ I can easily alter the dress for you, but I'll need your exact measurements.
▪ I think his chest measurement is 40, or maybe 42.
▪ progress measurement
▪ What are his measurements?
▪ What are the measurements of the bedroom?
▪ All government statistical services carry out this measurement exercise: it is their core business.
▪ If a patient is deeply shocked, measurement of peripheral blood pressure may be very low or difficult to record.
▪ Practices on the rise included contracting for services, performance measurement, participatory management, impact fees, and strategic planning.
▪ Previous investigations of protein metabolism in these clinical disorders have centred on measurements of whole body protein turnover.
▪ The inhabitant of two dimensional space could also refine the use of his measurement to make a quantitive determination of curvature.
▪ The quotas are sort of arbitrary measurements for compensation.
▪ This means that physical separation of the free labeled antigen from the antibody-bound labeled antigen is not necessary for measurement.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Measurement \Meas"ure*ment\, n.

  1. The act or result of measuring; mensuration; as, measurement is required.

  2. The extent, size, capacity, amount. or quantity ascertained by measuring; as, its measurement is five acres.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1751, "act of measuring," from measure (v.) + -ment. Related: Measurements. Meaning "dimension obtained by measuring" is from 1756.


n. 1 The act of measure. 2 Magnitude (or extent or amount) determined by an act of measure.


n. the act or process of measuring; "the measurements were carefully done"; "his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate" [syn: measuring, measure, mensuration]


Measurement is the assignment of a number to a characteristic of an object or event, which can be compared with other objects or events. The scope and application of a measurement is dependent on the context and discipline. In the natural sciences and engineering, measurements do not apply to nominal properties of objects or events, which is consistent with the guidelines of the International vocabulary of metrology published by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. However, in other fields such as statistics as well as the social and behavioral sciences, measurements can have multiple levels, which would include nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio scales.

Measurement is a cornerstone of trade, science, technology, and quantitative research in many disciplines. Historically, many measurement systems existed for the varied fields of human existence to facilitate comparisons in these fields. Often these were achieved by local agreements between trading partners or collaborators. Since the 18th century, developments progressed towards unifying, widely accepted standards that resulted in the modern International System of Units (SI). This system reduces all physical measurements to a mathematical combination of seven base units. The science of measurement is pursued in the field of metrology.

Usage examples of "measurement".

Bertillon anthropometry, in which measurements of the body, face and head were used to identify criminals.

Kohl, though, was that once the National Socialists came to power fingerprints took on less importance than the antiquated system of Bertillon anthropometry, in which measurements of the body, face and head were used to identify criminals.

We should walk briskly, pausing only for a few important measurements and almost certainly making valuable discoveries about springs of fresh water, mineral ores, antiscorbutic vegetables and the like.

Only when a knock at his door sounded, did Brett actually lift his head again from his measurements.

There is here none of the homogeneity which is the property of magnitude, and the necessary condition of measurement, giving a view of the less in the bosom of the more.

Above all, let us strive to disengage ourselves from homogeneous space, this substratum of fixity, this arbitrary scheme of measurement and division, which, to our greater advantage, subtends the natural, qualitative, and undivided extension of images.

Whether it be eye color, hair color, general health, intelligence, longevity, insanity, or congenital deafness, exact measurements show that a man and his wife, though not related by blood, actually resemble each other as much as do uncle and niece, or first cousins.

It is a First Principle, measureless, not bounded within determined size--such measurement belongs to another order--and therefore it is all-power, nowhere under limit.

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

From these gross physical measurements, metatype could be established.

His hands went on, with almost automatic skill, adjusting the delicate micrometric measurements on the grinding tool, and connecting it to the small wind-powered generator.

Spectroscopic observation, then, combined with micrometric measurements of the cross motion, enables us to detect the real movement of the star in space.

When I was a boy, apprenticed to a millwright, he could make me check every measurement, study every piece of lumber we used.

When the ritual of obstructionism to obtain the spectra of the BSOs ensued, Margaret Burbridge, a Briton with over fifty years of observational experience, bypassed the regular channels to make the measurement herself using the relatively small 3-meter reflector telescope on Mount Hamilton outside San Jose in California, and confirmed them to be quasars.

From 1855 to 1863 he published with Roscoe a series of investigations on photochemical measurements, which W.