a gauge calibrated for determining the diameter of wire.
Origin of wire gauge
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for wire-gauge
The following table gives the Birmingham wire-gauge for rolled sheet silver and gold.
The following table gives the numbers and sizes of the Birmingham wire-gauge.
British Dictionary definitions for wire-gauge
a flat plate with slots in which standard wire sizes can be measured
a standard system of sizes for measuring the diameters of wires
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