Definitions of gauge

  1. form an opinion about; judge tentatively; form an estimate of, as of quantities or time; " I estimate this chicken to weigh at three pounds"
  2. diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  3. a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity or for testing conformity with a standard
  4. accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
  5. a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
  6. the thickness of wire
  7. the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
  8. mix in specific proportions; " gauge plaster"
  9. adapt to a specified measurement; " gauge the instruments"
  10. measure precisely and against a standard; " the wire is gauged"
  11. judge tentatively or form an estimate of ( quantities or time); " I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
  12. determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation; " gauge the wine barrels"
  13. rub to a uniform size; " gauge bricks"
  14. To measure or determine with a gauge.
  15. To measure or to ascertain the contents or the capacity of, as of a pipe, barrel, or keg.
  16. To measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock.
  17. To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it, as cloth or a garment.
  18. To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.
  19. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard.
  20. Measure; dimensions; estimate.
  21. Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge.
  22. 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.
  23. The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.
  24. The distance between the rails of a railway.
  25. The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. A measure.
  29. To measure. Also, gage.
  30. To measure or to ascertain the contents of; to ascertain the capacity of, as a pipe, puncheon, hogshead, barrel, tierce, keg, etc.: to measure in respect to proportion, capability, or power, or in respect to character or behavior; to take cognizance of the capacity, capability, or power of; to appraise; to estimate; as, I gauged his character very accurately. " The vanes nicely gauged on each said."- Derham.
  31. A standard of measure; an instrument to determine the dimensions or capacity of anything; a standard of any kind; a measure; means of estimating; " Timothy proposed to his mistress that she should entertain no servant that was above four foot seven inches high, and for that purpose had prepared a gauge, by which they were to be measured."- Arbuthnot: specifically, the distance between the rails of a railway; also, the distance between the opposite wheels of a carriage: naut ( a) the depth to which a vessel sinks in the water; ( b) the position of a ship with reference to another vessel and to the wind; when to the windward, she is said to have the weather- gauge, when to the leeward, the lee- gauge: in build, the length of a slate or tile below the lap: in plastering, ( a) the quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting; ( b) the composition of plaster of Paris and other materials, used in finishing plastered ceilings, for mouldings, etc.: in type- founding, a piece of hard wood variously notched, used to adjust the dimensions, slopes, etc., of the various sorts of letters: in joinery, a simple instrument made to strike a line parallel to the straight side of a board, etc.: in the air- pump, an instrument of various forms, which points out the degree of exhaustion in the receiver; the siphon- gauge is most generally used for this purpose.
  32. A standard of measure; measuring- rod.
  33. To measure the contents of, as a vessel.
  34. To measure; estimate.
  35. An instrument for measuring capacity or dimensions; a standard.
  36. Same as GAGE, etc.
  37. A measure; a standard of measure; the number of feet which a ship sinks in the water; the position of one vessel with respect to another, the weather- gauge being to weatherward, and the lee- gauge to leeward; a piece of hard wood variously notched, used to adjust the dimensions, slopes, & c., of the various sorts of letters; an instrument made to strike a line parallel to the straight side of a board; the distance between the rails, the broad gauge being 7 ft. and the narrow gauge 4 ft. 8 1/ 2 in. Sliding gauge, a tool used by mathematical instrument makers for measuring and setting off distances. Rain- gauge, an instrument for measuring the quantity of rain which falls at any given place. Sea- gauge, an instrument for finding the depth of the sea. Syphon- gauge, a gauge made in the form of a syphon, such as the steam- gauge, condenser- gauge, & c. Tide- gauge, an instrument for determining the height of the tides. Wind- gauge, an instrument for measuring the force of the wind on any given surface. Gauges, brass rings with handles, to find the diameter of all kinds of shot with expedition.
  38. To ascertain the capacity or the contents of; to measure in respect to capability; to estimate.
  39. A measure; a standard of measure; on a railway, the distance between the rails, usually 4 feet 8 1/ 2 inches; a workman's tool; a mixture of certain stuff and plaster, used in finishing the best ceilings, and for mouldings.
  40. To measure or ascertain the contents of a cask or vessel; to measure or ascertain, as the quantity, diameter, & c.

Usage examples for gauge

  1. I gauge it up to 102 and fill it with fresh eggs at once, not forgetting to fill one tray in the little tender. – Natural and Artificial Duck Culture by James Rankin
  2. " That's a gas gauge or something," said Tom. – Tom Slade with the Boys Over There by Percy K. Fitzhugh
  3. I felt that he was a difficult man to gauge, because he had never been what I considered a sportsman. – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  4. The Railway Gauge Commission in this year was an important employment. – Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by George Biddell Airy
  5. For once the resources, of the South were displayed in visible, tangible form in reasonable compass, and once the people were united upon an effort which should gauge their strength and possibilities, the invitation, or, as some put it, the duty to manufacture the staple in the fields where it grew leaped out as a fact more patent than ever. – The Rise of Cotton Mills in the South by Broadus Mitchell
  6. You needn't hurry, said her father; the narrow- gauge train doesn't leave for half an hour. – A Romance in Transit by Francis Lynde
  7. The local people called them 'narrow- gauge mules. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  8. It sometimes appeared that in addressing inferior courts he went too much into detail, instead of resting his case on its great points; but it is probable that Mr. Tazewell had taken the true gauge of the judge's mind, and was right after all; and it is certain that in important cases, in which appeals would probably be taken, he reserved his strong points for the higher tribunal. –  by
  9. He has prejudiced his reputation by his arrogance and his contemptuous malignity; but we do him an injustice if we endeavour to gauge his merit only by comparing his edition with those of his immediate predecessors. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  10. He looked down at her with an expression she could not gauge. – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  11. Is it not a striking commentary on our English temperament, that while an inaccuracy of a purely mechanical description raises the protests of thousands who have no idea beyond the parts of a bicycle or the width of a railway gauge, a score of artistic beauties pass unnoticed and unchallenged? – The History of "Punch" by M. H. Spielmann
  12. In regular operation the safety valve and steam gauge should be checked daily. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  13. The instrument he developed in consequence became the standard steam pressure gauge. – The Introduction of Self-Registering Meteorological Instruments by Robert P. Multhauf
  14. She looked at him, trying to gauge his sincerity. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  15. A steam gauge attached to the boiler front. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  16. I suppose a narrow- gauge road can go anywhere. – Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska by Charles Warren Stoddard
  17. My dear daughter, he said, I invariably gauge the length of my speech by the importance of the occasion. – The Flag by Homer Greene
  18. It depended on mood, and this mood Di had not the experience to gauge. – Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
  19. See, he turned the light on to the wind- gauge- it showed a pressure of sixty miles an hour, it is a wonder to me she has not been torn apart, he declared. – The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest by Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap)
  20. Adrian my brother- in- law- for if I gauge that fine creature properly- splendid old lady- she won't let him slide back this time. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle