American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A standard or scale of measurement.
- n. A standard dimension, quantity, or capacity.
- n. An instrument for measuring or testing.
- n. A means of estimating or evaluating; a test: a gauge of character. See Synonyms at standard.
- n. Nautical The position of a vessel in relation to another vessel and the wind.
- n. The distance between the two rails of a railroad.
- n. The distance between two wheels on an axle.
- n. 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.
- n. The amount of plaster of Paris combined with common plaster to speed setting of the mixture.
- n. Thickness or diameter, as of sheet metal or wire.
- n. The fineness of knitted cloth as determined by the number of loops per 1 1/2 inches.
- v. To measure precisely.
- v. To determine the capacity, volume, or contents of.
- v. To evaluate or judge: gauge a person's ability.
- v. To adapt to a specified measurement.
- v. To mix (plaster) in specific proportions.
- v. To chip or rub (bricks or stones) to size.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. etc. See gage, etc.
- n. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard
- n. An act of measuring.
- n. Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge.
- n. A thickness of sheet metal or wire designated by any of several numbering schemes.
- n. The distance between the rails of a railway.
- n. mathematics, analysis A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space.
- n. knitting The number of stitches per inch, centimetre, or other unit of distance.
- v. transitive To measure or determine usually with a gauge; to measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To measure or determine with a gauge.
- v. To measure or to ascertain the contents or the capacity of, as of a pipe, barrel, or keg.
- v. (Mech.) To measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock.
- v. To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it, as cloth or a garment.
- v. To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.
- n. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard.
- n. Measure; dimensions; estimate.
- n. (Mach. & Manuf.) Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template.
- n. (Physics) 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
- n. Relative positions of two or more vessels with reference to the wind.
- n. The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.
- n. The distance between the rails of a railway.
- n. (Plastering) The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.
- n. (Building) 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.
- v. determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation
- v. measure precisely and against a standard
- n. the thickness of wire
- n. a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
- v. rub to a uniform size
- v. mix in specific proportions
- n. the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
- n. diameter of a tube or gun barrel
- v. judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
- v. adapt to a specified measurement
- n. accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old North French, gauging rod, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have been working on similar physics with what I call gauge-holes (which is what I call these) in Anti-deSitter spacetimes.”
“In my opinion the 870 in 12 gauge is the only gun a would need unless he was an elk hunter but you get the picture .. these guns last forever and i mean a LONG time so make sure you make a decision on your size and what you can handle ... happy hunting and good luck choosing the right 870 +1”
“The 20 gauge is no slouch, but only a starter gun for waterfowl if you can't handle a 12 gauge just yet.”
“If you go to the hardware store to get two lengths of a certain gauge wire, one 2 feet long and one 6 feet long, and then back home you discover you need different lengths for your project, it is just as hard to cut through the 2-foot length in some mid-point as it is to cut the 6-foot length at some mid-point.”
“Remington 870's have their own reputation. 20 gauge is my first choice.”
“No quality, properly choked, 3 pump 12 gauge is ever a bad choice for a waterfowling.”
“I agree that a 20 gauge is fine all-around shotgun!”
“You will probably want a 12 gauge for a little larger sweet spot as you grow older but if a 12 gauge is too heavy for you now, you can go with a 20 gauge and use it as a quail/rabbit gun later.”
“Still, operating profit — the main gauge of performance in companies 'core businesses — nearly doubled due to restructuring and brisk sales of electronic parts in Asia.”
“The easiest way to measure this, if you don't have a gauge, is to hold a penny upside down in the tread.”
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