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 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 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, 4 Oct. 2020 The steep standard gauge railway takes passengers through tunnels, verdant mountainsides, and foaming waterfalls. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'standard gauge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of standard gauge

1871, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About standard gauge

Time Traveler for standard gauge

Time Traveler

The first known use of standard gauge was in 1871

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near standard gauge

standard gage

standard gauge

standard gold

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for standard gauge

Last Updated

27 Aug 2021

Cite this Entry

“Standard gauge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard%20gauge. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

More from Merriam-Webster on standard gauge

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about standard gauge

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!