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noun Railroads.
See under gauge (def. 13).
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Also especially in technical use, broad gage .

Origin of broad gauge

First recorded in 1835–45

Other definitions for broad gauge (2 of 2)

broad-gauge

or broad-gauged

[ brawd-geyj ]
/ ˈbrɔdˌgeɪdʒ /

adjective
Railroads. of or relating to equipment designed for a railroad having track of a broad gauge: broad-gauge rolling stock.
of wide scope, application, or experience: broad-gauge efforts to improve the health of our citizens.

Origin of broad-gauge

1835–45, for an earlier sense
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British Dictionary definitions for broad gauge

broad gauge

noun
a railway track with a greater distance between the lines than the standard gauge of 56 1/2 inches (about 1.44 metres) used now by most mainline railway systems
adjective broad-gauge
of, relating to, or denoting a railway having this track
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