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Unmesurabil(l, adj. Also: unmesurabile, -able, onmesurabill. [ME and e.m.E. vnmesurable (Piers Plowman), vnmesurabil (c1425), onmeserabulle (1482), vnmeasurable (c1520); Mesurabil(l adj.] a. Incapable of being measured; of great size; immense, massive. b. Immoderate, excessive.a. 1460 Hay Alex. 17246.
The toun to wyn on force was wnwynnabill It was sa mekill and vnmesurabill—It was [aucht] myle of brede and [aucht] of lenth
1513 Doug. xii xii 33 (Ruddim.).
Tua men sa big of huge quantite … of sic stature vnmesurabil [C., Sm. onmysurly] of hicht
(b) 1513 Doug. iii x 5.
A monstre horribyll, onmesurabill [Sm. vnmesurable, Ruddim. vnmesurabill] and myschaip
1513 Doug. vi vi 71.
Cerberus the hydduus hund … Onmesurabill [Sm. vnmesurable, Ruddim. vnmesurabill] in hys cave quhar he lay
b. c1520-c1535 Nisbet Gallath. v 21.
The werkis of the flesch … quhilkis ar fornicatioun … drunkinessis, vnmesurabile [P. vnmesurable] etingis, and thingis like to thir

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