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GAUGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gauge mean? 

GAUGE (noun)
  The noun GAUGE has 5 senses:

1. a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
2. accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
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

  Familiarity information: GAUGE used as a noun is common.


GAUGE (verb)
  The verb GAUGE has 6 senses:

1. judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
2. rub to a uniform size
3. determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation
4. measure precisely and against a standard
5. adapt to a specified measurement
6. mix in specific proportions

  Familiarity information: GAUGE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


GAUGE (noun)


Sense 1gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gauge; gage

Hypernyms ("gauge" is a kind of...):

measuring device; measuring instrument; measuring system (instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gauge"):

anemometer; wind gage; wind gauge (a gauge for recording the speed and direction of wind)

wire gage; wire gauge (gauge for measuring the diameter of wire)

water gage; water gauge; water glass (gauge for indicating the level of water in e.g. a tank or boiler or reservoir)

vacuum gage; vacuum gauge (a gauge for indicating negative atmospheric pressure)

scribing block; surface gage; surface gauge (gauge consisting of a scriber mounted on an adjustable stand; used to test the accuracy of plane surfaces)

strain gage; strain gauge (a gauge for measuring strain in a surface)

pluviometer; rain gage; rain gauge; udometer (gauge consisting of an instrument to measure the quantity of precipitation)

pressure gage; pressure gauge (gauge for measuring and indicating fluid pressure)

gas gage; gas gauge; gasoline gage; gasoline gauge (gauge that indicates the amount of gasoline left in the gasoline tank of a vehicle)

dipstick (a graduated rod dipped into a container to indicate the fluid level)

depth gage; depth gauge (a gauge for measuring the depth of grooves or holes or other concavities)


Sense 2gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

standard of measurement; gauge

Hypernyms ("gauge" is a kind of...):

criterion; measure; standard; touchstone (a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated)


Sense 3gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("gauge" is a kind of...):

distance; length (size of the gap between two places)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gauge"):

standard gauge (railroad track having the standard width of 56.5 inches)

narrow gauge (a railroad track (or its width) narrower than the standard 56.5 inches)

broad gauge (a railroad track (or its width) broader than the standard 56.5 inches)


Sense 4gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The thickness of wire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("gauge" is a kind of...):

thickness (the dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width)


Sense 5gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Diameter of a tube or gun barrel

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

caliber; calibre; bore; gauge

Hypernyms ("gauge" is a kind of...):

diam; diameter (the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference)


GAUGE (verb)


Sense 1gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

estimate; gauge; approximate; guess; judge

Context example:

I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds

Hypernyms (to "gauge" is one way to...):

calculate; cipher; compute; cypher; figure; reckon; work out (make a mathematical calculation or computation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "gauge"):

truncate (approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one)

count; reckon (take account of)

make (calculate as being)

assess (estimate the value of (property) for taxation)

lowball; underestimate (make a deliberately low estimate)

give (estimate the duration or outcome of something)

place; put; set (estimate)

misgauge (gauge something incorrectly or improperly)

quantise; quantize (approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values)

guesstimate (estimate based on a calculation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rub to a uniform size

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

gauge bricks

Hypernyms (to "gauge" is one way to...):

rub (move over something with pressure)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

gauge the wine barrels

Hypernyms (to "gauge" is one way to...):

ascertain; determine; find; find out (establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Measure precisely and against a standard

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

the wire is gauged

Hypernyms (to "gauge" is one way to...):

measure; quantify (express as a number or measure or quantity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adapt to a specified measurement

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

gauge the instruments

Hypernyms (to "gauge" is one way to...):

standardise; standardize (cause to conform to standard or norm)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6gauge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mix in specific proportions

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

gauge plaster

Hypernyms (to "gauge" is one way to...):

blend; coalesce; combine; commingle; conflate; flux; fuse; immix; meld; merge; mix (mix together different elements)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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