Origin of weather gauge
verb (used with object), gauged, gaug·ing.
Origin of gauge
Synonyms for gauge
Examples from the Web for weather gauge
Historical Examples of weather gauge
He had the weather-gauge, and he hoped by skilful manoeuvring to retain it.The Heir of Kilfinnan
The English ship had gained the weather-gauge, so he could not escape.Roger Willoughby
William H. G. Kingston
Nothing that ever sailed got the weather-gauge on the Moonbeam.As We Sweep Through The Deep
The Perry then set gallant stern-sail, and kept her more free, because she got the weather-gauge of the privateer.
The circular letter of Monge and the speech of Kersaint furnished the weather-gauge for the future.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
Word Origin for gauge
"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.