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gauge

Noun

1 a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc. [syn: gage]
2 accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared [syn: standard of measurement]
3 the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
4 the thickness of wire
5 diameter of a tube or gun barrel [syn: bore, caliber, calibre]

Verb

1 judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds" [syn: estimate, approximate, guess, judge]
2 rub to a uniform size; "gauge bricks"
3 determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation; "gauge the wine barrels"
4 measure precisely and against a standard; "the wire is gauged"
5 adapt to a specified measurement; "gauge the instruments"
6 mix in specific proportions; "gauge plaster"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

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Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard; an act of measuring.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence. p. 2.
      The record of philosophy vis-à-vis silence is generally dismal, as good a gauge as any to its overall failure.
  2. Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge.
  3. A form of jewelry which creates a hole of variable size in the earlobe, popular especially among some young people in the West, perhaps on analogy with similar devices found in various non-Western indigenous cultures.
  4. The distance between the rails of a railway.
  5. In the context of "mathematics|analysis": A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space.

Translations

A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard; an act of measuring
  • Finnish: mitta
  • Portuguese: medida
  • Swedish: mått
Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge
  • Finnish: mittari
The distance between the rails of a railway
  • Finnish: raideleveys
A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space

Verb

  1. To measure or determine usually with a gauge; to measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.

Translations

  • Finnish: mitata

References

Extensive Definition

Gauge may refer to:
In measurements:
In physics:
In railroads:
Other:

See also

gauge in German: Gauge
gauge in Spanish: Calibre
gauge in Indonesian: Kaliber
gauge in Polish: Kaliber

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