(Mease) n. [Cf. G. mass measure.] Five hundred; as, a mease of herrings. [Prov. Eng.]
(Mea"sel*ry) n. [OE. meselrie, OF. mesellerie. See lst Measle.] Leprosy. [Obs.] R. of
(Mea"sle) n. [OE. mesel, OF. mesel, LL. misellus, L. misellus unfortunate, dim. of miser.
See Miser.] A leper. [Obs.] [Written also meazel, and mesel.] Wyclif (Matt. x. 8. ).
(Mea"sle), n. (Zoöl.) A tapeworm larva. See 2d Measles, 4.
(Mea"sled) a. [See 2d Measles.] Infected or spotted with measles, as pork. Mea"sled*ness,
(Mea"sles) n. [From lst Measle.] Leprosy; also, a leper. [Obs.]
(Mea"sles), n.; pl. in form, but used as singular in senses 1, 2, & 3. [D. mazelen; akin to G.
masern, pl., and E. mazer, and orig. meaning, little spots. See Mazer.]
1. (Med.) A contagious febrile disorder commencing with catarrhal symptoms, and marked by the appearance
on the third day of an eruption of distinct red circular spots, which coalesce in a crescentic form, are
slightly raised above the surface, and after the fourth day of the eruption gradually decline; rubeola.
Measles commences with the ordinary symptoms of fever.Am. Cyc.
2. (Veter. Med.) A disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different
varieties of the tapeworm.
3. A disease of trees. [Obs.]
4. pl. (Zoöl.) The larvæ of any tapeworm (Tænia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called
also bladder worms.
1. Infected with measles.
2. (Zoöl.) Containing larval tapeworms; said of pork and beef.
(Meas"ur*a*ble) a. [F. mesurable, L. mensurabilis. See Measure, and cf. Mensurable.]
1. Capable of being measured; susceptible of mensuration or computation.
2. Moderate; temperate; not excessive.
Of his diet measurable was he.Chaucer.
Meas"ur*a*ble*ness, n. Meas"ur*a*bly, adv.
Yet do it measurably, as it becometh Christians.Latimer.
(Meas"ure) n. [OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to
metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.]
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.