http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/tex ... %3Dmensura
B. Trop., measure, quantity, proportion, capacity, power, extent, degree, etc.:
sui, one's own measure, i. e. capacity, Juv. 11, 35:
“submittere se ad mensuram discentis,” to accommodate one's self to the capacity of the learner, Quint. 2, 3, 7:
Can the meaning "power" or "capacity" in mensura be used in any context, or only in limited contexts as in the sample sentences above ?
In the samples above, this "power" or "capacity" is an extension of the idea of "size".
So I wondered if mensura in this meaning ("power" or "capacity") can be used when one makes a Latin composition and does not mean it as an extension of the idea of "size".
To generalize my question, I'm asking whether a meaning listed in the dictionary for a Latin word can be taken as relevant in all context or only in some limited particular context.