American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. That can be measured: mensurable results in employee performance; a mensurable increase in the cost of oil.
- adj. Having fixed rhythm and measure, as in music; mensural.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being measured; measurable.
- In music, noting that style of music which succeeded the earliest plain-song, and was distinguished from it by such a. combination of simultaneous but independent voice-parts that a system of rhythm was necessitated to avoid confusion. It involved both a classification of rhythms and the invention of a notation to represent rhythmic values. Two principal rhythms were recognized : tempus perfectum, which was triple (called “perfect” for fanciful theological reasons), and tempus imperfectum, which was duple. The system of notation included notes and rests called large, maxima, long, breve, semibreve, minim, semiminima. fusa, and semifusa (fusella), of which in general each note was equal in duration to either three or two of the next denomination, according to the tempus used. (See the various words.) The working out of the system was highly complicated, but it prepared the way for the medieval study of counterpoint and for the invention of an adequate notation, and thus contributed directly to the progress of musical art. Also
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of being measured; measurable.
- adj. capable of being measured
- adj. having notes of fixed rhythmic value
“El discurso científico garantizaba la posibilidad de generar un conocimiento fiable, ya que se había producido de manera mensurable (o sea que era producto de un montón de mediciones) y verificado (lo que pasaba en un lugar del planeta, como por ejemplo tirar una manzana al piso, ocurría también en cualquier otro sitio).”
“Among the great innovations in music of the 14th c. belongs the “musica mensurabilis”, “mensurable music” which was invented “out of the blue” at the end of the 13th c. and was defintively transformed during the second decade of the 14th.”
“There is, however, something quite different that is often meant when it is said that pleasures are incom - mensurable.”
“The two kinds of pain, then, are not wholly incom - mensurable.”
“If dancing is to be viewed as dependent upon its correspondence with mensurable music, it must date simply from the invention of the Cantus Mensurabilis, attributed by some writers to”
“Every object, therefore, of which quantity, in the mathematical sense, is predicable, must be by its essential nature _mensurable.”
“Again, every line is extension in one dimension; hence a mathematical quantity, hence mensurable, hence finite; you must therefore, deny that a line is a quantity, or else affirm that it is finite.”
“(Neither can it be made mensurable, the fantasies of certain economists and EUrocrats notwithstanding.”
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