Origin of narrow gauge
verb (used with object), gauged, gaug·ing.
Origin of gauge
Synonyms for gauge
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Historical Examples of narrow gauge
Persons paraded past on their way to the coach of the narrow-gauge.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
That's a narrow-gauge line, and Clear Creek 's been on a rampage.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
But I got there, going from Chehaw over a narrow-gauge road.
At Mendoza it was necessary to change carriages and enter the narrow-gauge train.Argentina
W. A. Hirst
The tonnage is said to be much greater than this narrow-gauge can handle at present.A Report on Washington Territory
William Henry Ruffner
Word Origin for gauge
adjective narrow-gauge, narrow-gauged
"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.
"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.