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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gaugegeɪdʒ(v.; n.)gauged, gaug•ing

  1. (v.t.)to determine the exact dimensions, capacity, quantity, or force of; measure.

  2. to appraise, estimate, or judge.

  3. to make conformable to a standard.

  4. to mark or measure off; delineate.

  5. to chip or rub (bricks or stones) to a uniform size or shape.

    Category: Building Trades

  6. (n.)a standard of measure or measurement.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  7. a standard dimension, size, or quantity.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  8. any device or instrument for measuring, registering measurements, or testing something:

    pressure gauge.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  9. a means of estimating or judging; criterion; test.

  10. extent; scope; capacity.

  11. a unit of measure of the internal diameter of a shotgun barrel, equal to the number of lead bullets of such diameter required to make one pound.

    Category: Military

  12. the distance between the inner edges of the heads of the rails in a track.

    Category: Railroads

  13. the thickness or diameter of various, usu. thin, objects, as sheet metal or wire.

    Category: Building Trades

  14. the fineness of a knitted fabric as expressed in loops per every 1.5 in. (3.8 cm):

    15 denier, 60 gauge stockings.

  15. Naut. the position of one vessel as being to the windward or to the leeward of another vessel on an approximately parallel course.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: Also, esp. in technical use, gage. 1 2

Origin of gauge:

1375–1425; < ONF (F jauge) < Gmc

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gauge, gage(noun)

    a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.

  2. gauge, standard of measurement(noun)

    accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared

  3. gauge(noun)

    the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

  4. gauge(noun)

    the thickness of wire

  5. bore, gauge, caliber, calibre(verb)

    diameter of a tube or gun barrel

  6. estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge(verb)

    judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

    "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

  7. gauge(verb)

    rub to a uniform size

    "gauge bricks"

  8. gauge(verb)

    determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation

    "gauge the wine barrels"

  9. gauge(verb)

    measure precisely and against a standard

    "the wire is gauged"

  10. gauge(verb)

    adapt to a specified measurement

    "gauge the instruments"

  11. gauge(verb)

    mix in specific proportions

    "gauge plaster"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gauge(noun)ɪdʒ

    the part of a measuring device where you read the measurement

    The fuel gauge was almost on Empty.

  2. gaugeɪdʒ

    sth that allows you to judge a situation

    an accurate gauge of public opinion

  3. gauge(verb)ɪdʒ

    to judge

    It's difficult to gauge the impact of the new policy yet.

  4. gaugeɪdʒ

    to measure

    to gauge the distance between earth and other planets


  1. gauge(Noun)

    A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard

  2. gauge(Noun)

    An act of measuring.

  3. gauge(Noun)

    Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge.

  4. gauge(Noun)

    A thickness of sheet metal or wire designated by any of several numbering schemes.

  5. gauge(Noun)

    The distance between the rails of a railway.

  6. gauge(Noun)

    A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space.

  7. gauge(Verb)

    To measure or determine usually with a gauge; to measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.

  8. Origin: From gage, gaugen, from gauger (Modern jauger), from gauge, of origin, from Old Low *, from galgô, from g'hAlgh-. Cognate with galgo, galga, gealga, galgi, gelgja.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gauge(verb)

    to measure or determine with a gauge

  2. Gauge(verb)

    to measure or to ascertain the contents or the capacity of, as of a pipe, barrel, or keg

  3. Gauge(verb)

    to measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock

  4. Gauge(verb)

    to draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it, as cloth or a garment

  5. Gauge(verb)

    to measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of

  6. Gauge(noun)

    a measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard

  7. Gauge(noun)

    measure; dimensions; estimate

  8. Gauge(noun)

    any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge

  9. Gauge(noun)

    any instrument or apparatus for measuring the state of a phenomenon, or for ascertaining its numerical elements at any moment; -- usually applied to some particular instrument; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge

  10. Gauge(noun)

    relative positions of two or more vessels with reference to the wind; as, a vessel has the weather gauge of another when on the windward side of it, and the lee gauge when on the lee side of it

  11. Gauge(noun)

    the depth to which a vessel sinks in the water

  12. Gauge(noun)

    the distance between the rails of a railway

  13. Gauge(noun)

    the quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting

  14. Gauge(noun)

    that part of a shingle, slate, or tile, which is exposed to the weather, when laid; also, one course of such shingles, slates, or tiles


  1. Gauge

    The gauge of a firearm is a unit of measurement used to express the diameter of the barrel. Gauge is determined from the weight of a solid sphere of lead that will fit the bore of the firearm, and is expressed as the multiplicative inverse of the sphere's weight as a fraction of a pound. Thus there are twelve 12-gauge balls per pound. The term is related to the measurement of cannon, which were also measured by the weight of their iron round shot; an 8 pounder would fire an 8 lb spherical cast iron ball and had a bore diameter of about 91 mm. Gauge is commonly used today in reference to shotguns, though historically it was also used in large double rifles, which were made in sizes up to 4 bore during their heyday in the 1880s, being originally loaded with black powder cartridges. These very large rifles, sometimes called elephant guns, were intended for use in India and Africa for hunting dangerous game. Gauge is abbreviated "ga.", "ga", or "G". The space between the number and the abbreviation is often left out, as in "12ga".

Translations for Gauge

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an instrument for measuring amount, size, speed etc

a petrol gauge.

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