Definition of mensural in English:


Line breaks: men|sural
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛnʃ(ə)r(ə)l
, -sjə-/


  • 1Of or involving measuring: mensural investigations
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    • We measured the asymmetry of five mensural and seven meristic characters of 175 collared lizards from north-central Oklahoma.
    • The method of investigation was substantially as follows: Tables of the minimum, maximum and average of the four mensural characters of a bird were selected for investigation, namely, length of wing, of tail, of tarsus, and of bill.
  • 1.1 Music Designating or relating to music in a definite metre: mensural notation
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    • Table 1 shows the time signatures commonly found in Western mensural music since about 1700.
    • A Josquin mensural canon highlighted the unusual nature of this group's repertoire and rounded off their stimulating recital with fresh imagination.
    • In Mensural Notation, several notes can be combined together to form ligatures.


late 16th century: from Latin mensuralis, from mensura 'measure'.

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