- a standard measure or scale of measurement
- dimensions, capacity, thickness, etc.
- any device for measuring something, as the thickness of wire, the dimensions of a machined part, the amount of liquid in a container, steam pressure, etc.
- any means of estimating or judging
- the distance between the rails of a rail track
- the distance between parallel wheels at opposite ends of an axle
- the size of a bore, esp. of a shotgun, expressed in terms of the number per pound of round lead balls of a diameter equal to that of the bore
- the thickness of sheet metal, diameter of wire, etc.
- a measure of the fineness of a knitted or crocheted fabric
- the fineness of a machine-knitted fabric expressed in terms of the number of loops per 1 inches
- Naut. the position of a ship in relation to another ship and the wind: a sailboat that has the weather gauge of another boat is to windward of it
- Plastering the amount of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to hasten its setting
Origin of gaugeMiddle English from NormFr: see the gaugetransitive verb
transitive verbgauged, gaug′ing
- to measure accurately by means of a gauge
- to measure the size, amount, extent, or capacity of
- to estimate; judge; appraise
- to bring to correct gauge; make conform with a standard
- Masonry to cut or rub (bricks or stone) to a desired shape
- Plastering to mix (plaster) in the proportions required for a specified setting time
Origin of gaugeME gaugen < NormFr gaugier, prob. < VL *gallicare < ?