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Definition of gauze 

1a : a thin often transparent fabric used chiefly for clothing or draperies
b : a loosely woven cotton surgical dressing
c : a firm woven fabric of metal or plastic filaments
2 : haze

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Other Words from gauze

gauzelike \ ˈgȯz-​ˌlīk \ adjective
gauzily \ ˈgȯ-​zə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms for gauze


brume, fog, haze, mist, murk, reek, smog, soup

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Examples of gauze in a Sentence

He wrapped the wound in gauze. wrapped in the pale gauze of a misty afternoon, the city seemed eerily romantic to the strolling lovers

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Mave’s left arm ended in a cocoon of stark white gauze, a bandage covered the top of her head, and her 10 toes and five fingers were painted bright pink. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 After an extensive search, the leak was finally found and plugged with tape and gauze, and the air pressure inside the station has been stabilized. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Russia: The ISS Air Leak May Have Been Sabotage," 4 Sep. 2018 My officers carry bleeding-control kits and learn how to apply a tourniquet and how to dress a wound with gauze. As Told To Beth Dreher And Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Our Kids Safe in School as the Gun Debate Rages On," 25 Sep. 2018 Astronauts quickly patched the hole with epoxy on a gauze wipe, and the station’s pressure has been fine ever since. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking to figure out the origin of a mysterious spacecraft hole," 11 Dec. 2018 The astronauts may simply have to survive with their tape and gauze patch until the space agency comes up with something better. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An Astronaut Plugged the Leak on the Space Station With his Finger," 31 Aug. 2018 Tabletops were covered with cactus leaves, lemons, olives, and capers, as well as lava stones, and for the ceremony guests sat on bales of hay covered in gauze. Priya Rao, Town & Country, "A Tale of Two Houses," 4 Feb. 2013 When kitchens were being wrapped in a shimmering gauze of glamour, Mr. Bourdain got busy unwrapping them, revealing the injuries and addictions, low wages and high tempers that took a toll on workers. New York Times, "Anthony Bourdain Was a Teller of Often Unappetizing Truths," 8 June 2018 With their hands wrapped with tape and gauze but knuckles exposed, the fighters kept the ringside physicians and viewers alert. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Fight club: Legalized bare-knuckle boxing may be next big show in ring," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of gauze

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gauze

Middle French gaze

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English Language Learners Definition of gauze

: a very thin cloth : cloth so thin that you can see through it

: loosely woven cotton that is used as a bandage


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Kids Definition of gauze

1 : a thin fabric that allows light to pass through it
2 : loosely woven cotton used as a bandage


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Medical Definition of gauze 

: a loosely woven cotton surgical dressing

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