standard gauge


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 As well as a new Iran-Turkmenistan link and a standard gauge railway into Afghanistan completed in December 2020, there is a proposal to reopen a line to Azerbaijan, creating a new corridor between Iran, Russia and Georgia. Ben Jones, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standard gauge was in 1871

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“Standard gauge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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