(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): gage

Definition categories: man–made

2. accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared

Definition categories: link, criterion, measure, standard, touchstone

3. the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

Definition categories: attribute, distance, length

4. the thickness of wire

Definition categories: attribute, thickness

5. diameter of a tube or gun barrel

Similar word(s): bore, caliber, calibre

Definition categories: attribute, diam, diameter

Sentences with gauge as a noun:

- 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.


1. judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

Similar word(s): overestimate, underestimate, approximate, estimate, guess, judge

Definition categories: cognition, calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon

2. rub to a uniform size

- gauge bricks

Definition categories: contact, rub

3. determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation

- gauge the wine barrels

Definition categories: communication, ascertain, determine, find

4. measure precisely and against a standard

- the wire is gauged

Definition categories: change, measure, quantify

5. adapt to a specified measurement

- gauge the instruments

Definition categories: change, standardise, standardize

6. mix in specific proportions

- gauge plaster

Definition categories: change, blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix