: a thin often transparent fabric used chiefly for clothing or draperies
: a loosely woven cotton surgical dressing
: a firm woven fabric of metal or plastic filaments
: haze
gauzelike adjective
gauzily 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
Recent Examples on the Web At center is a war veteran, whose low-slung homburg casts a shadow over his heavy eyes: a dark band that contrasts with the white gauze wrapping his absent nose. Jason Farago, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Lean forward during that time, and don't pack your nose with gauze. Korin Miller, Health, 31 Oct. 2023 Her jaw has been tied shut with gauze, her hands tied together to rest on her stomach. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 Behind Farra, a child wrapped in gauze was suffering from kidney bleeding. Hajar Harb, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 The American Horror Story: Delicate actress shared a snap of one of the tables, which was covered with bloody gauze, red vials, fake hands that looked like they were ripped off, and bags of blood seemingly hanging from mini IV poles. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 29 Oct. 2023 Create ghosts by putting white gauze over a few of the twig balls and add black felt circles for eyes. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Oct. 2023 The kit also has tweezers, several types and sizes of gauze, antihistamine, and a pet first aid manual for tips and treatment guides. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 4 Sep. 2023 Cover the wound with a gauze or cloth (e.g., towel, blanket, clothing). Michael Menna, Verywell Health, 5 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle French gaze

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gauze was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Gauze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a thin often transparent fabric
: a loosely woven cotton surgical bandage
: a woven fabric of fine metal or plastic wires

Medical Definition


: a loosely woven cotton surgical dressing

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