gauge meaning

[ gedʒ ] Pronunciation:   "gauge" in a sentence
Verb: gauge  geyj
  1. Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
    - estimate, approximate, guess, judge 
  2. Rub to a uniform size
    "gauge bricks" 
  3. Determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation
    "gauge the wine barrels" 
  4. Measure precisely and against a standard
    "the wire is gauged" 
  5. Adapt to a specified measurement
    "gauge the instruments" 
  6. Mix in specific proportions
    "gauge plaster"
Noun: gauge  geyj
  1. A measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
    - gage [N. Amer] 
  2. Accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
    - standard of measurement 
  3. The distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train 
  4. The thickness of wire 
  5. Diameter of a tube or gun barrel
    - bore, caliber [US], calibre [Brit, Cdn]

Sounds like: gage

Derived forms: gauging, gauged, gauges

Type of: ascertain, blend, calculate, cipher, coalesce, combine, commingle, compute, conflate, criterion, cypher, determine, diam, diameter, distance, figure [N. Amer], find, find out, flux, fuse, immix, length, measure, measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system, meld, merge, mix, quantify, reckon, rub, standard, standardise [Brit], standardize, thickness, touchstone, work out

Encyclopedia: Gauge

AmE spelling also gage) // noun, verb


1 [usually sing.]

a fact or an event that can be used to estimate or judge sth:

The retail sector is closely watched as a key gauge of consumer spending.

Question-and-answer interviews may not be a good gauge of a candidate's abilities.

2 [C]

a system that is used to calculate or measure the level, size, etc. of sth:

the consumer price index, the main US inflation gauge

The major market gauges (= that measure average share prices, etc.) rose on Friday as investors bought up undervalued shares.

3 [C] (often used in compounds)

an instrument for measuring the amount or level of sth:

a fuel/petrol/temperature gauge

verb [+ obj]


to estimate or measure the level, size, etc. of sth:

We rely on previous sales figures to gauge demand.

gauging the strength of the economy

The growth of service industries is hard to gauge accurately.

There are now mountains of metrics used to gauge companies' performance.


to make a judgement about sb/sth:

It's too early to gauge whether the scheme was a success.

The views of the directors on the merger are still difficult to gauge.

3 (Technical )

to measure sth accurately using a special instrument:

precision instruments that can gauge the diameter to a fraction of a millimetre

1. Any device, such as a METER, used for the purpose of measuring the magnitude of a quantity.
2. Wire data and measurements (see WIRE GAUGE,
1, 2, 3). 3. Sheet metal thickness (e.g., 10 gauge).

also gage vt gauged also gaged; gaug·ing also gag·ing
a : to measure exactly
b : to determine the capacity or contents of
a : to check for conformity to specifications or limits
b : to measure off or set out
also gage n
a : measurement according to some standard or system
b : the dimensions or extent of something
2 : an instrument for or a means of measuring or testing
3 : the diameter of a slender object (as a hypodermic needle)


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  1. he picked up the calipers and gauged carefully.
  2. at this point the gauge pressure was read.
  3. it was difficult to gauge how people would respond.
  4. he looked at me, trying to gauge my reaction.
  5. i gauged that it was not a good moment to speak to her.

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