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Dictionary definition for: Gauge

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

2. (v) judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time) "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

3. (n) accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared

4. (v) rub to a uniform size; "gauge bricks"

5. (n) the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

6. (v) determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation; "gauge the wine barrels"

7. (n) the thickness of wire

8. (v) measure precisely and against a standard; "the wire is gauged"

9. (n) diameter of a tube or gun barrel

10. (v) adapt to a specified measurement; "gauge the instruments"

11. (v) mix in specific proportions; "gauge plaster"

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