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Definition of gauge noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also gage) noun
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  1. 1(often in compounds) an instrument for measuring the amount or level of something a fuel/gas/temperature, etc. gauge
  2. 2a measurement of the width or thickness of something What gauge of wire do we need?
  3. 3the distance between the rails of a railroad track or the wheels of a train standard gauge (= 56½ inches in the U.S.) a narrow gauge (= narrower than standard) railroad
  4. 4a measurement of the width of the barrel of a gun synonym bore a 12-gauge shotgun
  5. 5[usually singular] gauge (of something) a fact or an event that can be used to estimate or judge something Tomorrow's game against the defending champions will be a good gauge of their strength.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gauge