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 The track changed to standard gauge in 1889. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, 4 Oct. 2020 First constructed in pre-Soviet times, its network is predominantly a broad gauge railway – different to the standard gauge, which most of Europe uses. Julia Buckley, CNN, 25 Feb. 2023 In just a few seconds, the trains can switch from the meter-gauge track of the MOB to the Swiss standard gauge of 1,435 millimeters, eliminating the need for through passengers to change trains en route. Ben Jones, CNN, 9 Dec. 2022 The standard gauge cluster is part digital, part analog (as seen in other Honda models). Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 7 Nov. 2022 Previous holders of the world's longest passenger train record -- Belgium and, before that, the Netherlands -- used standard gauge railways through flat landscapes to their advantage. Ben Jones, CNN, 30 Oct. 2022 The standard gauge railroad was built in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp & Paper Co., reaching Bald Knob to haul lumber to the mill located in Cass. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 18 July 2022 Although the term can apply to any currency, the U.S. dollar is considered the standard gauge. Robert D. Hershey Jr., WSJ, 2 Nov. 2021 In addition, the development of new standard gauge high-speed lines in Spain gave the country another opportunity to link its network to France. Ben Jones, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standard gauge was in 1840

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“Standard gauge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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