Definition of gage :
1. A glove, cap, or the like, cast on the ground as a challenge to combat, and to be taken up by the accepter of the challenge; a challenge; a defiance.
2. A measure or standard. See Gauge, n.
3. A pledge or pawn; something laid down or given as a security for the performance of some act by the person depositing it, and forfeited by nonperformance; security.
4. A variety of plum; as, the greengage; also, the blue gage, frost gage, golden gage, etc., having more or less likeness to the greengage. See Greengage.
5. A wedge with a graduated edge, to measure the width of a space into which it is thrust.
6. To bind by pledge, or security; to engage.
7. To give or deposit as a pledge or security for some act; to wage or wager; to pawn or pledge.
8. To measure. See Gauge, v. t.
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- One judges as the weather dictates; right The poem is at noon, and wrong at night: Another judges by a surer gage, An authorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ s principles, or parentage; Since his great ancestors in Flanders fell, The poem doubtless must be written well. - "The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2", Edward Young.
- We are now about to accept gage of battle with this natural foe to liberty and shall, if necessary, spend the whole force of the nation to check and nullify its pretensions and its power. - "Germany, The Next Republic?", Carl W. Ackerman.
- But, if the route to Fort Chartres by way of New Orleans was too dangerous, Bouquet had cleared the Ohio of enemies, and the country which Gage sought to occupy was now accessible by way of that river. - "The War Chief of the Ottawas A Chronicle of the Pontiac War: Volume 15 (of 32) in the series Chronicles of Canada", Thomas Guthrie Marquis.