\ ˈgȯz How to pronounce gauze (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gauzelike (audio) \ adjective
gauzily \ ˈgȯ-​zə-​lē How to pronounce gauzily (audio) \ 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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Or, wrap ice cubes in gauze and slide the cubes from the inner eye corners up towards the brow in a circular motion. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kate Moss’s Secret Facial Remedy Is Already in Your Freezer," 12 June 2019 The bullpen’s failure is more acute because the rotation is being held together with gauze and spittle. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Cubs need to make a trade for a reliever, maybe two, maybe three, maybe . . .," 25 June 2018 Kerby said Stop the Bleed is advocating that trauma kits, containing instructions, tourniquets, gauze and gloves, be located at public places such as courtrooms or schools, and that the public become educated in their use. Erin Edgemon,, "UAB surgeons advise how to help bleeding victims in Facebook Live event," 5 Feb. 2018 Through soliciting donations and selling coffee to commuters, Mr. Leccese raised $4,500 for the kits, which include trauma shears, tourniquets, gloves, highly absorbent gauze and an instruction card. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "In Age of Mass Shootings, Boy Scout Projects Hope to Keep Schools Safe," 6 Jan. 2019 The cuts in the paintings not trashed received a stabilizing piece of black gauze on the verso side. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold’ Review: Creativity That Cuts Against the Grain," 22 Jan. 2019 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

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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


\ ˈgȯz How to pronounce gauze (audio) \

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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