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In [science] , measurement is the process of obtaining the magnitude of a [quantity] , such as length or mass, relative to a [unit of measurement] , such as a meter or a kilogram. A measurement answers the general question, "how many?", as in how many miles, or millimeters, or gigahertz. As measurement is basically about counting, measurement is conducted in numbers and is [quantitative] , in comparison to other [observations] which may be made in words and are [qualitative] . The term measurement can also be used to refer to a specific result obtained from the measurement process.

The word "measurement" is derived from the Greek word "metron" which means a limited proportion.

The history of measurements is a topic within the [history of science and technology] .


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