A pressure gauge; a fuel gauge.
A gauge of character.
- The distance between the two rails of a railroad.
- The distance between two wheels on an axle.
- The interior diameter of a shotgun barrel as determined by the number of lead balls of a size exactly fitting the barrel that are required to make one pound. Often used in combination.A 12-gauge shotgun.
- The thickness or diameter of sheet metal, wire, or a similar manufactured material or piece.
- The fineness of knitted cloth as measured by the number of stitches per a given unit of length.
Gauge a person's interest.
An example of gauge is a head count of people at a rally to determine how many supporters the politican has.
An example of a gauge is a unit on your gas tank that lets you know how much gas is left.
The capacity of barrels was measured according to the gauge in use at the time.
Pressure valves that are gauged to industry requirements.
A sailboat that has the weather gauge of another boat is to windward of it.
Gauged the thickness of the metal part.
Other Word Forms
Origin of gauge
- Middle English from Old North French gauging rod of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English gage, gaugen, from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French gauger (compare Modern French jauger from Old French jaugier), from gauge (“gauging rod”), from Frankish *galga (“measuring rod, pole”), from Proto-Germanic *galgô (“pole, stake, cross”), from Proto-Indo-European *g'hAlgh-, *g'hAlg- (“perch, long switch”). Cognate with Old High German galgo, Old Frisian galga, Old English ġealga (“cross-beam, gallows”), Old Norse galgi (“cross-beam, gallows”), Old Norse gelgja (“pole, perch”).