Definition of Gauge

1. Verb. Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time). "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

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

3. Verb. Rub to a uniform size. "Gauge bricks"
Generic synonyms: Rub

4. Noun. Accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared.
Exact synonyms: Standard Of Measurement
Generic synonyms: Criterion, Measure, Standard, Touchstone

5. Verb. Determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation. "Gauge the wine barrels"
Generic synonyms: Ascertain, Determine, Find, Find Out

6. Noun. The distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train.
Specialized synonyms: Broad Gauge, Narrow Gauge, Standard Gauge
Generic synonyms: Distance, Length

7. Verb. Measure precisely and against a standard. "The wire is gauged"
Generic synonyms: Measure, Quantify

8. Noun. The thickness of wire.
Generic synonyms: Thickness

9. Verb. Adapt to a specified measurement. "Gauge the instruments"
Generic synonyms: Standardise, Standardize

10. Noun. Diameter of a tube or gun barrel.
Exact synonyms: Bore, Caliber, Calibre
Generic synonyms: Diam, Diameter
Derivative terms: Bore, Calibrate

11. Verb. Mix in specific proportions. "Gauge plaster"

Definition of Gauge

1. v. t. To measure or determine with a gauge.

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

Definition of Gauge

1. Noun. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard ¹

2. Noun. An act of measuring. ¹

3. Noun. Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge. ¹

4. Noun. A thickness of sheet metal or wire designated by any of several numbering schemes. ¹

5. Noun. The distance between the rails of a railway. ¹

6. Noun. (context: mathematics analysis) A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To measure or determine usually with a gauge; to measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of. ¹

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Definition of Gauge

1. to measure precisely [v GAUGED, GAUGING, GAUGES]

Medical Definition of Gauge

1. 1. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard. "This plate must be a gauge to file your worm and groove to equal breadth by." (Moxon) "There is not in our hands any fixed gauge of minds." (I. Taylor) 2. Measure; dimensions; estimate. "The gauge and dimensions of misery, depression, and contempt." (Burke) 3. Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge. To measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock. "The vanes nicely gauged on each side." (Derham) 4. 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. 5. 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. The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water. 6. The distance between the rails of a railway. The standard gauge of railroads in most countries is four feet, eight and one half inches. Wide, or broad, gauge, in the United States, is six feet; in England, seven feet, and generally any gauge exceeding standard gauge. Any gauge less than standard gauge is now called narrow gauge. It varies from two feet to three feet six inches. 7. The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting. 8. To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of. "You shall not gauge me By what we do to-night." (Shak) 9. 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. Gauge of a carriage, car, etc, the distance between the wheels; ordinarily called the track. Gauge cock, a stop cock used as a try cock for ascertaining the height of the water level in a steam boiler. Gauge concussion, an instrument for measuring the diameter of the bore of a cannon at any point of its length. Steam gauge, an instrument for measuring the pressure of steam, as in a boiler. Tide gauge, an instrument for determining the height of the tides. Vacuum gauge, a species of barometer for determining the relative elasticities of the vapor in the condenser of a steam engine and the air. Water gauge. A contrivance for indicating the height of a water surface, as in a steam boiler; as by a gauge cock or glass. The height of the water in the boiler. Wind gauge, an instrument for measuring the force of the wind on any given surface; an anemometer. Wire gauge, a gauge for determining the diameter of wire or the thickness of sheet metal; also, a standard of size. Origin: Written also gage. (20 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gauge

gauge (current term)
gauge block
gauge blocks
gauge boson
gauge bosons
gauge pressure

Literary usage of Gauge

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1895)
"Memorandum on t/ie British Association Screw gauge for small Screws. By RE CROMPTON, M.Inst.CE, Pres.Inst.EE As n result of the two reports presented by the ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"The Hook gauge (Fig. n4) is the most accurate instrument for measuring difference in level of water. It consists essentially of a hook with a needle point ..."

3. Journal of the Statistical Society of London by Statistical Society (Great Britain) (1848)
"Mr. Brunei, the engineer, who first adopted the gauge of 7ft., and his three colleagues, officers of the Great Western Railway Company, contended that ..."

4. The Law of Railways: Embracing the Law of Corporations, Eminent Domain by Isaac Fletcher Redfield (1888)
"Charter requiring broad gauge docs not prohibit mixed gauge. 2. Permission to unite with ... Equity will sometimes enjoin company from changing gauge. 4. ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"In 1893 a law was passed authorizing a standard gauge for the United States, for plate iron and ... This gauge is somewhat used for wire and %aries from No. ..."

6. A Manual of the Principles and Practice of Road-making: Comprising the by William Mitchell Gillespie (1872)
"THE BROAD AND NARROW gauge QUESTION. The customary gauge is 4 feet 83 ... Five feet is the gauge of Virginia, East Tennessee, and the north of Georgia. ..."

7. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain) (1891)
"Howard's Rain gauge. Designed by Luke Howard, FRS, and engraved in the first edition of his ... Howard's Rain gauge with stoneware bottle instead of glass, ..."

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