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Definition of gauge:

  1. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard.
  2. Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge.
  3. Any instrument or apparatus for measuring the state of a phenomenon, or for ascertaining its numerical elements at any moment; - usually applied to some particular instrument; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge.
  4. Measure; dimensions; estimate.
  5. Relative positions of two or more vessels with reference to the wind; as, a vessel has the weather gauge of another when on the windward side of it, and the lee gauge when on the lee side of it.
  6. That part of a shingle, slate, or tile, which is exposed to the weather, when laid; also, one course of such shingles, slates, or tiles.
  7. The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.
  8. The distance between the rails of a railway.
  9. The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.
  10. To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it, as cloth or a garment.
  11. To measure or determine with a gauge.
  12. To measure or to ascertain the contents or the capacity of, as of a pipe, barrel, or keg.
  13. To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.
  14. To measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock.

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