standard gauge

noun

Definition of standard gauge

: a railroad gauge of 4 feet 8¹/₂ inches (1435 millimeters)

Examples of standard gauge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To cut expenses, Reynolds decided to build a narrow gauge track--only three feet between the rails rather than the standard gauge of four feet, 8.5 inches. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | TOM DILLARD: The hidden power of Lilliput Lines," 4 Oct. 2020 The steep standard gauge railway takes passengers through tunnels, verdant mountainsides, and foaming waterfalls. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "These Virtual Train Rides Journey Through the World’s Most Scenic Sites," 16 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile Kenya is struggling to finance its debt due in part to borrowing from the Chinese to finance large infrastructure projects such as a $3.8 billion standard gauge railway line. Tom Odula, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Kenyan leader talk positive about US-Kenya trade deal," 6 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Kenya is struggling to finance its debt due in part to borrowing from the Chinese to finance large infrastructure projects such as a $3.8 billion standard gauge railway line. Darlene Superville, Washington Post, "Trump administration to open free-trade talks with Kenya," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of standard gauge

1871, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2020

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“Standard gauge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard%20gauge. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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