narrow gauge



See under gauge(def 13).

Nearby words

  1. narrator,
  2. narrow,
  3. narrow boat,
  4. narrow construction,
  5. narrow escape,
  6. narrow seas,
  7. narrow-angle glaucoma,
  8. narrow-bodied,
  9. narrow-fisted,
  10. narrow-leaved bottle tree

Origin of narrow gauge

First recorded in 1835–45

Related formsnar·row-gauge; especially in technical use, nar·row-gage, adjectivenar·row-gauged; especially in technical use, nar·row-gaged, adjective


[ geyj ]
/ geɪdʒ /

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


Also especially in technical use, gage.

Origin of gauge

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old North French (French jauge) < Germanic

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British Dictionary definitions for narrow gauge



/ (ɡeɪdʒ) /

verb (tr)



(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


a railway track with a smaller distance between the lines than the standard gauge of 56 1/2 in

adjective narrow-gauge, narrow-gauged

of, relating to, or denoting a railway with a narrow gauge
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