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Gauge (verb)

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To Gauge. v.a. [gauge, jauge, a measuring rod, French. It is pronounced gage.]

  1. To measure with respect to the contents of a vessel.

  2. To measure with regard to any proportion.

    The vanes nicely gauged on each side, broad on one side, and narrow on the other, both which minister to the progressive motion of the bird. Derham's Physico-Theology.

    There is nothing more perfectly admirable in itself than that artful manner in Homer's battles of taking measure or gaging his heroes by each other, and thereby elevating the character of one person by the opposition of it to some other he is made to excel. Pope's Essay on Homer's Battles.

Sources: Derham, William (22) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Gauge (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 29, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5196.


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