measure (v.) Old form(s): measur'd
check that the length of two weapons is the same [before beginning a duel]
AYL V.iv.84[Touchstone to Jaques, of himself and a courtier] we measured swords and parted
MW I.iv.115[Caius to Mistress Quickly] I have appointed mine host of de Jarteer to measure our weapon [i.e. act as umpire]
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