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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mensuration \Men`su*ra"tion\, n. [L. mensuratio : cf. F. mensuration.]

  1. The act, process, or art, of measuring.

  2. That branch of applied geometry which gives rules for finding the length of lines, the areas of surfaces, or the volumes of solids, from certain simple data of lines and angles.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"act of measuring," 1570s, from Middle French mensuration and directly from Late Latin mensurationem (nominative mensuratio) "a measuring," noun of action from past participle stem of mensurare "to measure" (see measure (v.)).


n. The branch of mathematics that deals with measurement, especially the derivation and use of algebraic formulae to measure the areas, volumes and different parameters of geometric figures.


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


Mensuration may refer to:

  • Measurement
  • Theory of measurement
    • Mensuration (mathematics), a branch of mathematics that deals with measurement of various parameters of geometric figures
    • Forest mensuration, a branch of forestry that deals with measurements of forest stand
  • Mensural notation in music
  • Mensuration canon, a musical composition wherein the main melody is accompanied by one or more imitations of that melody in other voices