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.
A pressure gauge; a fuel gauge.
- 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.
The capacity of barrels was measured according to the gauge in use at the time.
A gauge of character.
Gauged the thickness of the metal part.
Gauge a person's interest.
Pressure valves that are gauged to industry requirements.
A sailboat that has the weather gauge of another boat is to windward of it.
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”).