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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

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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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 Covering the mirror The gauze is applied to Korryn’s face almost like papier-mache, thin strips coated with a topical burn ointment. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "After Lombard teen severely burned in bonfire explosion, friends bring prom to her," 19 May 2018 Wiping a piece of gauze over the area can remove the barb too. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Only Thing You Should Do If a Bee Stings You," 6 June 2017 Or, grab a first-aid kit and wrap your pumpkin in gauze. Mali Anderson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ideas for celebrating Halloween with kids: From the not-so-scary to the downright spooky," 16 Oct. 2017 Police officers tried to stop the bleeding with combat gauze. Peter Nickeas,, "A small Michigan town mourns a 12-year-old girl slain in Chicago: 'She’s here with us'," 3 July 2018 The kits have a tourniquet, a chest seal that can be used for someone shot in the chest and trauma gauze that is able to stop bleeding in seconds. Larry Barszewski,, "Broward commission condemns school shooting video game," 5 June 2018 Immediately after delivery, the baby’s eyes, mouth, and mucus membranes were wiped with the gauze. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Having a C-Section Versus Vaginal Birth," 15 May 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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