[ɡ_ˈeɪ_dʒ], [ɡˈe͡ɪd͡ʒ], [ɡˈe‍ɪd‍ʒ]

Definitions of gauge:

  1.   measure precisely and against a standard; " the wire is gauged"
  2.   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.
  3.   diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  4.   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.
  5.   To measure the contents of, as a vessel.
  6.   To measure or ascertain the contents of a cask or vessel; to measure or ascertain, as the quantity, diameter, & c.
  7.   To ascertain the capacity or the contents of; to measure in respect to capability; to estimate.
  8.   To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it, as cloth or a garment.
  9.   The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.
  10.   rub to a uniform size; " gauge bricks"
  11.   Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge.
  12.   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.
  13.   To measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock.
  14.   Measure; dimensions; estimate.
  15.   To measure. Also, gage.
  16.   mix in specific proportions; " gauge plaster"
  17.   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.
  18.   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.
  19.   judge tentatively or form an estimate of ( quantities or time); " I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
  20.   An instrument for measuring capacity or dimensions; a standard.
  21.   To measure or to ascertain the contents or the capacity of, as of a pipe, barrel, or keg.
  22.   accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
  23.   determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation; " gauge the wine barrels"
  24.   To measure or determine with a gauge.
  25.   Same as GAGE, etc.
  26.   To measure; estimate.
  27.   the thickness of wire
  28.   the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
  29.   a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity or for testing conformity with a standard
  30.   To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.
  31.   form an opinion about; judge tentatively; form an estimate of, as of quantities or time; " I estimate this chicken to weigh at three pounds"
  32.   The distance between the rails of a railway.
  33.   A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard.
  34.   adapt to a specified measurement; " gauge the instruments"
  35.   A measure.
  36.   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.
  37.   a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
  38.   A standard of measure; measuring- rod.
  39.   The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.
  40.   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.

Antonyms for gauge:

compute, measure, calibrate, work out, scale.

Quotes for gauge:

  1. It's difficult to gauge that. With a bad guy you just know you're bad. To play a nice guy is harder- unless you are a very nice person like me of course. – James D'arcy
  2. My philosophy is the thicker the wood the thicker the sound, the bigger the string the bigger the sound. My smallest string is a 14 gauge – Dick Dale
  3. Gay culture is surviving and thriving. Some activists believe the recent rise in homophobic violence might be a gauge of the success of positive gay images. – Lance Loud
  4. The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress. – Ramana Maharshi
  5. I am 58 and it's difficult for people to gauge my age. – Richard O'Brien
  6. Well, gauge theory is very fundamental to our understanding of physical forces these days. But they are also dependent on a mathematical idea, which has been around for longer than gauge theory has. – Roger Penrose
  7. I try to gauge whether a girl likes me before I make a move. I would write a page -long note to a girl. If she wrote a whole page back, I knew she liked me, too. If she wrote back like two words, then I figured I'd move on. – Devon Werkheiser

Usage examples for gauge:

  1. The instrument he developed in consequence became the standard steam pressure gauge – The Introduction of Self-Registering Meteorological Instruments by Robert P. Multhauf
  2. He looked down at her with an expression she could not gauge – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  3. “ " That's a gas gauge or something," said Tom. ” – Tom Slade with the Boys Over There by Percy K. Fitzhugh
  4. 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)
  5. In regular operation the safety valve and steam gauge should be checked daily. ” – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  6. 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
  7. My dear daughter, he said, I invariably gauge the length of my speech by the importance of the occasion. ” – The Flag by Homer Greene
  8. 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
  9. The Railway Gauge Commission in this year was an important employment. ” – Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by George Biddell Airy
  10. “ 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
  11. “ A steam gauge attached to the boiler front. ” – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  12. She looked at him, trying to gauge his sincerity. ” – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  13. 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
  14. “ 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
  15. “ 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
  16. “ 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
  17. “ 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
  18. It depended on mood, and this mood Di had not the experience to gauge – Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
  19. “ I suppose a narrow- gauge road can go anywhere. ” – Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska by Charles Warren Stoddard
  20. The local people called them 'narrow- gauge mules. ” – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin

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