- narrow boat,
- narrow construction,
- narrow escape,
- narrow seas,
- narrow-angle glaucoma,
- narrow-leaved bottle tree
Origin of narrow gauge
verb (used with object), gauged, gaug·ing.
Origin of gauge
Examples from the Web for narrow gauge
The point of disaster was on a sharp curve where the narrow-gauge track bent like a strained bow around one of the rocky hills.The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde
A narrow-gauge railroad runs twenty miles into the interior from Solitas.Cabbages and Kings|O. Henry
The concentration of narrow-gauge and medium-gauge lines seemed to be issuing in a complete fusion of their interests in 1913.The Argentine Republic|Pierre Denis
They recover their numbers fast enough, and the chances are that this "narrow-gauge mule" will be always with us.The Killer|Stewart Edward White
But I got there, going from Chehaw over a narrow-gauge road.
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.