I have the phrase “mechanical properties measurement” and am looking for a good replacement for measurement that would not imply a measuring process, as the "measurement" in question is simply a numerical value that can also be the result of a prediction model.

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  • Could you explain more of the context? Is this a chapter heading or is it part of a paragraph? – DRF Jul 7 '15 at 14:02
  • I'm having trouble understanding your question. If you want temperature you "read the thermometer". If you want length you "measure". – Hot Licks Jul 7 '15 at 14:02
  • Yes, please provide more context. – Charon Jul 7 '15 at 14:07
  • What is a "mechanical properties measurement"? What properties? What are you (not) measuring? The answer may and probably will greatly depend on that. Is it density, frequency, elasticity, inertia, angle of attack, plasticity, something else entirely, some of them, all of them, none of them? It is not clear at all what you are asking. If you can't find a good word with all the context that you do have, how are we expected to find it without any context whatsoever? Also, what alternatives exactly have you considered and rejected so far? We need to know that so as not to repost them. – RegDwigнt Jul 7 '15 at 14:36
  • I would suggest (but the question is closed) "parameter" – Calchas Jul 7 '15 at 20:34

I suggest quantify, as defined by Merriam Webster:

to find or calculate the quantity or amount of (something)
to determine, express, or measure the quantity of

  • How easy.Quantification is good word for me. In my context, it will be something like chapter heading. My first idea was to use determination, but quantification is better. – jsemenak Jul 8 '15 at 6:23
  • I also considered about evaluation which is derived from value, but this word is more frequently used without necessity to obtain numerical result. Definition of evaluation is: The making of a judgement about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment. Quatation in Oxford is ‘the evaluation of each method’. But evaluation of method don't require numerical results – jsemenak Jul 8 '15 at 6:37

evaluate (noun form: evaluation)

Form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess:

Mathematics Find a numerical expression or equivalent for (an equation, formula, or function)


If you evaluate something, you get a result; which is not necessarily measured.

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