verb (used with object), gauged, gaug·ing.
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Origin of gauge
historical usage of gauge
Middle English gauge (noun and verb) comes from Old French gauger (verb) “to measure” and gauge (noun) “the action or result of measuring” (in modern French jauger and jauge for the verb and noun, respectively). Further etymology is speculative and unsatisfactory; some authorities suggest a Germanic noun galgōn- “branch, rod,” which becomes gealga in Old English (Modern English gallows ).
In Middle English the spellings gage- and gauge- occur indiscriminately, and some reputable modern authorities recommend the spelling gage, which is the spelling often used in technical contexts. A very common misspelling is guage.
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Scientists have long known that the brain harbors the biological equivalent of a car’s fuel gauge—a complex homeostatic system that allows our gray matter to track the state of our basic biological needs, like those for food, water, and sleep.Why do you feel lonely? Neuroscience is starting to find answers.|Amy Nordrum|September 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Once the temperature gauge on top let us know that the grill was adequately heated, we loaded the 285-square-inch grate with all our meat at once.5 Portable Grills for All Your Outdoor Cooking Needs|Amy Marturana Winderl|September 2, 2020|Outside Online
Simultaneous increases in equity and volatility gauges are unusual, and a reason for concern for some.The stock market is hitting new records—but a warning signal called the ‘VIX’ is flashing|Lee Clifford|August 27, 2020|Fortune
They assess how financially healthy a company is and act as an independent gauge, letting investors in a company know how likely that company is to pay back its debt, for instance.Environment Report: The Latest Power Struggles for SDG&E and Sempra|MacKenzie Elmer|June 29, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Use this activity from NASA to design and build your own rain gauge.
It took the entire day, but the slow pace indicated that it was probably a test to gauge public reaction.
So, he approached his nomadic friends to gauge their interest in the collaboration.
To gauge his level of truthfulness, I asked, “So, you wouldn't mind if I included your donor identification number in the story?”
The only gauge of normality that young people have is their observation of each other.
When a soldier is hit by an IED the gauge records the event.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries|Brian Castner|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gauge of railways in Great Britain was not fixed upon any scientific principle.
Trevithick determined in future to use two safety-valves, and also a safety steam-gauge.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
The Commonwealth has for some time been considering the conversion of the lines into one standard gauge, the British gauge of 4ft.
The leaf is held in one hand and the gauge and knife in the other, the edge of the leaf being drawn through the gauge.
For this purpose there is used in most localities a small gauge held between the thumb and index fingers.