gauge

[geyj]

verb (used with object), gauged, gaug·ing.

noun


Also especially in technical use, gage.

Origin of gauge

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old North French (French jauge) < Germanic
Related formsgauge·a·ble, adjectivegauge·a·bly, adverbmis·gauge, verb (used with object), mis·gauged, mis·gaug·ing.mul·ti·gauge, adjectivere·gauge, verb (used with object), re·gauged, re·gaug·ing.self-gaug·ing, adjectiveun·gauged, adjective

Synonyms for gauge

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Examples from the Web for gauging

Contemporary Examples of gauging

Historical Examples of gauging

  • In a considered, gauging tone George replied, "They're real."

    The Hohokam Dig

    Theodore Pratt

  • Even Joe himself laughs at the notion of gauging my expenses by his.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Human kind have three measures for gauging the other fellow.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • And above it still the gauging purpose, the strong, quick thinking.

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz

  • I kept my eye on the nose of the ram, gauging it by some object behind.

    An Autobiography

    Elizabeth Butler


British Dictionary definitions for gauging

gauge

gage

verb (tr)

to measure or determine the amount, quantity, size, condition, etc, of
to estimate or appraise; judge
to check for conformity or bring into conformity with a standard measurement, dimension, etc

noun

a standard measurement, dimension, capacity, or quantity
any of various instruments for measuring a quantitya pressure gauge
any of various devices used to check for conformity with a standard measurement
a standard or means for assessing; test; criterion
scope, capacity, or extent
the diameter of the barrel of a gun, esp a shotgun
the thickness of sheet metal or the diameter of wire
the distance between the rails of a railway track: in Britain 4 ft 8 1/2 in. (1.435 m)
the distance between two wheels on the same axle of a vehicle, truck, etc
nautical the position of a vessel in relation to the wind and another vessel. One vessel may be windward (weather gauge) or leeward (lee gauge) of the other
the proportion of plaster of Paris added to mortar to accelerate its setting
the distance between the nails securing the slates, tiles, etc, of a roof
a measure of the fineness of woven or knitted fabric, usually expressed as the number of needles used per inch
the width of motion-picture film or magnetic tape

adjective

(of a pressure measurement) measured on a pressure gauge that registers zero at atmospheric pressure; above or below atmospheric pressure5 bar gauge See also absolute (def. 10)
Derived Formsgaugeable or gageable, adjectivegaugeably or gageably, adverb

Word Origin for gauge

C15: from Old Northern French, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for gauging

gauge

v.

"ascertain by exact measurements," mid-15c., from Anglo-French gauge (mid-14c.), from Old North French gauger (Old French jauger), from gauge "gauging rod," perhaps from Frankish *galgo "rod, pole for measuring" or another Germanic source (cf. Old Norse gelgja "pole, perch," Old High German galgo; see gallows). Related: Gauged; gauging. The figurative use is from 1580s.

gauge

n.

"fixed standard of measure," early 15c. (surname Gageman is early 14c.), from Old North French gauge "gauging rod" (see gauge (v.)). Meaning "instrument for measuring" is from 1680s.

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