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gage

noun \ ˈgāj \

Definition of gage

1 : a token of defiance; specifically : a glove or cap cast on the ground to be taken up by an opponent as a pledge of combat
2 : something deposited as a pledge of performance

Origin and Etymology of gage

Middle English, "pledge, formal pledge of a person's appearance to do battle," borrowed from Anglo-French — more at 1wage

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gage

verb

Definition of gage

1 archaic : pledge
2 archaic : stake, risk

Origin and Etymology of gage

borrowed from Anglo-French gager "to offer surety, give as a pledge," derivative of gage "pledge, 1gage"

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gage

noun

less common spelling of

1 a : a measurement (as of linear dimension) according to some standard or system: such as
(1) : the distance between the rails of a railroad
(2) : the size of a shotgun barrel's inner diameter nominally expressed as the number of lead balls each just fitting that diameter required to make a pound
  • a 12-gauge shotgun
(3) : the thickness of a thin material (such as sheet metal or plastic film)
(4) : the diameter of a slender object (such as wire or a hypodermic needle)
(5) : the fineness of a knitted fabric expressed by the number of loops per unit width
c : measure 1
  • surveys are a gauge of public sentiment
2 : an instrument for or a means of measuring or testing: such as
a : an instrument for measuring a dimension or for testing mechanical accuracy
b : an instrument with a graduated (see 3graduate 2a) scale or dial for measuring or indicating quantity
3 : relative position of a ship with reference to another ship and the wind
4 : a function introduced into a field equation to produce a convenient form of the equation but having no observable physical consequences

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gage

noun

Definition of gage

Origin and Etymology of gage

by shortening

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Gage

biographical name \ ˈgāj \

Definition of Gage

Thomas 1721–1787 British general and colonial governor in America

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