(chiefly • technical also gage)
- 1An instrument or device for measuring the magnitude, amount, or contents of something, typically with a visual display of such information.More example sentences
- On some equipment, a visual sight glass or gauge shows fluid levels without opening the system, while on others a dipstick or other manual measuring device is used.
- Its new electric utility vehicle features a fuel gauge that displays the current level of battery power.
- On a desktop computer in the debrief room, you can display flight instruments, gauges, flight paths, and tactical plots.
- 1.1A tool for checking whether something conforms to a desired dimension.More example sentences
- She opens the lid to display an array of instruments and enthusiastically picks out a tool gauge and micrometer.
- They had been using feeler and plug gages to check the center discs that are stamped for the steel auto wheels it produces; there are 40 disc variations in production.
- Jointer gauges are not particularly rare tools.
- 1.2A means of estimating something; a criterion or test: emigration is perhaps the best gauge of public uneaseMore example sentences
- To him the gauge of ‘rightness’ is inclusion in and support by the major and calcified institutions to which Trudeau has been admitted.
- You know, sometimes the police ask questions when they know the answers because that's giving you a gauge of what kind of person you're dealing with.
- But given the political progress, that should not necessarily be considered an accurate gauge of the enemy's future.
- 2The thickness, size, or capacity of something, especially as a standard measure, in particular.More example sentences
- If you get a good tent, it's 60 gauges, about 130 pounds, it can take care of a family of five to seven throughout the winter, and you can have some items inside the tent that will keep the family warm.
- A rough analogy: using a net of a certain gauge will fail to catch fish of a certain size, but these uncaught ones are not a definite category of fish.
- Other popular fabrics for the season include corduroy, but in a finer gauge than was worn during the autumn and winter, and very fine woollens and knitwear.
- 2.1The diameter of a string, fiber, tube, etc.: [as modifier]: a fine 0.018-inch gauge wireMore example sentences
- They are not made with the thinner gauge wire which can be easily damaged and bent.
- Be sure to use the proper gauge wiring in extension cords.
- Of course we would like it because it was part of the No.8 gauge galvanised iron wire that was used in the original overland telegraph line.
- 2.2 [in combination] A measure of the diameter of a gun barrel, or of its ammunition, expressed as the number of spherical pieces of shot of the same diameter as the barrel that can be made from 1 pound (454 g) of lead: [as modifier]: a 12-gauge shotgunMore example sentences
- For example, suppose you accidentally loaded a 20-gauge shell into a 12 - gauge shotgun.
- In the loft they found a sawn-off, single-barrel 12 - gauge shotgun, a cartridge belt and a number of cartridges which were compatible with the gun.
- She said he did not have a permit for any of the weapons he was carrying: a semiautomatic assault rifle, a 12 - gauge shotgun and a pistol.
- 2.3 [in combination] The thickness of sheet metal or plastic: [as modifier]: 500-gauge polyethyleneMore example sentences
- Self-tapping screws have a special point that resembles a drill bit and are capable of cutting their own pilot hole in light gauge sheet metal.
- Where necessary, 2x1 planed timber will be used for supporting the polythene, and in all cases only 1000 gauge polythene will be used.
- Heavy gauge sheet materials are used by a variety of industries for a myriad of products.
- 2.4The distance between the rails of a line of railroad track: the line was laid to a gauge of 2 ft. 9 inMore example sentences
- Narrow Gauge is a description of a railway's track gauge.
- Incidentally, the references to the Australian system are to the way its (state-run) railways ended up with three separate track gauges.
- Alternatively, we could work with a narrower gauge track for the meantime and upgrade the line as need be.
- 3 (usually the gage) Nautical , • historical The position of a sailing vessel to windward ( weather gage) or leeward ( lee gage) of another.More example sentences
- A ship sought weather gage of its enemy, so that it had freedom of maneuver, and could close if it wished.
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- 1Estimate or determine the magnitude, amount, or volume of: astronomers can gauge the star’s intrinsic brightnessMore example sentences
- You can only gauge how well any tool works by putting it into action.
- The enzyme's angular torque profile under load can be gauged by measuring the average curvature and the stochastic fluctuations of actin filaments.
- Researchers also recorded the subjects' body mass index - a measure used to gauge obesity.
- 1.1Form a judgment or estimate of (a situation, mood, etc.): she is unable to gauge his moodMore example sentences
- Whips try to gauge the mood of members, assess how they will express their unhappiness with party policies, and cajole, bully, or conciliate the potential dissident.
- Usually she could gauge his moods but this was an extreme situation.
- I had now learned to gauge her emotional moods like a seismologist reads a Richter scale.
- 2Measure the dimensions of (an object) with a gauge: when dry, the assemblies can be gauged exactly and planed to widthMore example sentences
- It had 400 full-time people working in the water and soil division, gauging the rivers and measuring the flows.
- It isn't a tangible quantity; it can't be measured or gauged.
- Wendy pulled out a tape measure and gauged the distance between the side of the dryer and the wall.
- 2.1 (as adjective gauged) Made in standard dimensions: gauged sets of stringsMore example sentences
- For the firebox and hearth, we selected African Prairie Slate, a richly patterned stone that is sold in gauged (evenly thick) 12-inch squares.
- Covered in gauged green slate tiles, the garage has the look of a built-in.
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- The measuring device of the invention is gaugeable and is capable of complying with industry requirements.
- To achieve authentic results for the lifetime of your coatings you have to test them under gageable conditions.
- Once leaks are identified, using gaugeable tube fittings reduces problems, improves equipment reliability, and conserves energy.
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- Later, he also worked as a surveyor and wine gauger.
- Contact gagers are accurate for fairly limited thickness ranges of strip, but suffer from several disadvantages.
- The chart below provides historic Average Annual Wages for Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers in the U.S.
Middle English (denoting a standard measure): from Old French gauge (noun), gauger (verb), variant of Old Northern French jauge (noun), jauger (verb), of unknown origin.