\ 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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gauzelike \ ˈgȯz-​ˌlīk How to pronounce gauzelike (audio) \ adjective
gauzily \ ˈgȯ-​zə-​lē How to pronounce gauzily (audio) \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Her doctor had mistakenly left gauze inside her chest, which resulted in a staph infection. Dave Quinn,, "Danielle Staub Calls Breast Implants 'The Biggest Mistake of My Life' as She Has Them Removed," 13 Nov. 2019 Wrap a thick white ribbon (or gauze) around the bottles instead of ribbon and slap on a pair of googly eyes to turn them into mummies. NBC News, "Easy Halloween decoration ideas for under $25," 22 Oct. 2019 And a pale blue dress, which looked like Burton had managed to lasso a bit of sky and bring it to earth, was created from hand-pleated and hand-cut silk gauze organza. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Fashion commits many sins. It’s trying to redeem itself.," 2 Oct. 2019 Including cotton gauze squares, chlorhexidine rinse (not soap), triple antibiotic ointment, bandage tape, and two rolls of vet wrap (ask your vet how to use this). Terry Gardner,, "Earthquake preparedness tips — for your pets: How to keep them safe," 13 July 2019 More windows remained closed in the heat of May, or opened to reveal white gauze stretched over their frames. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 For tuberculosis and measles, which are spread through very tiny droplets, face masks may not be helpful because the droplets can reach through the gauze or slip in around the mask. Anchorage Daily News, "What we know about mysterious, pneumonia-like coronavirus spreading in China and elsewhere," 24 Jan. 2020 Veivia gave the victim gauze to cover the hole where the bullet had pierced his hip. Anna Bauman,, "Wave of laptop thefts in Bay Area feeding massive black market," 16 Jan. 2020 The gauze goes into a plastic bag and then a small gray box that goes into the user’s freezer. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Scent Kits Aid Tail-Wagging Detectives in Search for Missing People," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of gauze was in 1561

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12 Feb 2020

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“Gauze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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