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wire gauge

  1. a gauge calibrated for determining the diameter of wire.
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Origin of wire gauge

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for wire-gauge

Historical Examples of wire-gauge

  • The following table gives the Birmingham wire-gauge for rolled sheet silver and gold.

    Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II

    Joshua Rose

  • The following table gives the numbers and sizes of the Birmingham wire-gauge.

British Dictionary definitions for wire-gauge


  1. a flat plate with slots in which standard wire sizes can be measured
  2. a standard system of sizes for measuring the diameters of wires
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