gauge


gauge
I UK [ɡeɪdʒ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "gauge":
singular gauge plural gauges
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1) a piece of equipment that measures the amount of something

the fuel/pressure gauge

a rain/snow/hail gauge

2) a way of saying how thick something is, especially something made of metal, wire, or plastic

a small-gauge needle

heavy-gauge plastic

a) the distance between the two metal rails (= tracks) of a railway, or between the wheels of the train

a narrow-gauge railway

b) the width of the barrel of a gun (= the part you fire the bullet through)

a 12-gauge shotgun

3) [usually singular] a fact or event that can be used for judging someone or something

New orders are a gauge of how well manufacturers are doing.


II UK [ɡeɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "gauge":
present tense I/you/we/they gauge he/she/it gauges present participle gauging past tense gauged past participle gauged
1) to make a judgment or guess about a situation, action, or person based on the information that you have

I failed to gauge the strength of her dislike.

Gauging by the polls, it's not likely he'll win the election.

2) to measure the amount of something, or its strength or speed, using a piece of equipment or a particular method

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • gauge — [gāj] n. [ME < NormFr: see the GAUGE vt.] 1. a standard measure or scale of measurement 2. dimensions, capacity, thickness, etc. 3. any device for measuring something, as the thickness of wire, the dimensions of a machined part, the amount of… …   English World dictionary

  • Gauge — (g[=a]j), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gauged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gauging}] [OF. gaugier, F. jauger, cf. OF. gauge gauge, measuring rod, F. jauge; of uncertain origin; perh. fr. an assumed L. qualificare to determine the qualities of a thing (see… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gauge — (ingl.) En lenguaje técnico, medida de la *distancia o el *hueco de ciertas cosas; por ejemplo, el tamaño del punto en los tejidos de punto, o la distancia entre los rieles de una *vía. * * * En física, las teorías extensamente aceptadas del… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Gauge — bezeichnet: Gauge (Technik), Maße für Größenangaben, speziell Eichmaße und Endmaße, sowie Messgeräte, speziell Messuhren, Messlehren oder Schieblehren Gauge (Fluss), Fluss in Nordwest England Gauge (Pornodarstellerin) (* 1980), amerikanische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gauge — (v.) ascertain by exact measurements, mid 15c., from Anglo Fr. gauge (mid 14c.), from O.N.Fr. gauger (O.Fr. jauger), from gauge gauging rod, perhaps from Frankish *galgo rod, pole for measuring (Cf. O.N. gelgja pole, perch, O.H.G. galgo; see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gauge — [geidʒ] das; <aus engl. gauge »Normalmaß« zu altfr. gauger »messen«, weitere Herkunft unsicher> in der Strumpffabrikation Maß zur Angabe der Maschenzahl u. damit zur Feinheit des Erzeugnisses; Abk.: gg …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • gauge — [n] measure, standard barometer, basis, benchmark, bore, capacity, check, criterion, degree, depth, example, exemplar, extent, guide, guideline, height, indicator, magnitude, mark, meter, model, norm, pattern, rule, sample, scale, scope, size,… …   New thesaurus

  • gauge — sb. (fk.), gauge (mål for masketæthed i strik) …   Dansk ordbog

  • gauge — (chiefly US also gage) ► NOUN 1) an instrument that measures and gives a visual display of the amount, level, or contents of something. 2) the thickness, size, or capacity of a wire, sheet, tube, bullet, etc., especially as a standard measure. 3) …   English terms dictionary


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