from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possible to be measured: measurable depths.
  • adj. Of distinguished importance; significant: a measurable figure in literature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be measured.
  • adj. Of significant importance.
  • n. That which can be measured; a metric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being measured; susceptible of mensuration or computation.
  • adj. Moderate; temperate; not excessive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being measured; susceptible of mensuration or computation.
  • Moderate; temperate; limited; of small quantity or extent: as, to meet with measurable success.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being measured
  • adj. of distinguished importance


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