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gage, gage, gauge
gage (GAYJ) (noun)
1. Something that is given or left as security until a debt is paid or an obligation is fulfilled: Billy signed a gage stating that he would repay the loan.
2. A glove or other object that is thrown down or offered as a challenge to fight: The knight hurled his scarf down at the feet of the other warrior as a gage to confront him in a duel.
gage (GAYJ) (verb)
To offer something as security against a debt or other obligation: Laura promised to gage her necklace in order to reimburse the expenses of the trip.
gauge and/or gage (GAYJ) (noun)
1. A measuring instrument for determining and indicating a quantity; such as, the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.; estimate, judge, appraise, ascertain: The teacher asked, "James, do you have the proper gauge to measure the distance to the top of that hill?"
2. Measuring instrument, measuring device, standard, criterion: This gauge registers the pressure in pounds.
3. Size, measurement, internal diameter, inner measurement, inner dimension: What gauge is that cannon?

In the sense of "measurement", gauge is the preferable spelling. With the meaning of "a pledge", gage is the correct and preferred form.

In order to gauge his sincerity, she asked him to leave a gage in her safekeeping. This was the equivalent of the gage often referred to in romantic medieval ballads either when the princess could gauge the affections of the knight by the gage he left her or when a knight would throw his glove or gage to the ground to challenge an opponent.

Word Entries containing the term: “gauge
adjusting gauge (s) (noun), adjusting gauges (pl)
A tool that is used to determine the small distance between two parts so they can be brought within the required specifications.
This entry is located in the following unit: junct-, jug-, join- (page 1)
Coulomb gauge, radiation gauge
In quantum mechanics, a noncovariant gauge (not changing with another variable) in which there are commutation relations only for the space part of the vector potential.
This entry is located in the following unit: coulomb + (page 1)
ion gauge, ionization gauge, ionization vacuum gauge
1. A device that determines the degree of vacuum in an electron tube by measuring the amount of ionization current in the tube.
2. A device; such as, a Geiger counter, that determines the amount of radiation in a medium by measuring the ionization generated by charged particles passing through a gaseous substance.
This entry is located in the following unit: ion, ion- + (page 2)
piezoelectric gauge
An instrument used to measure blast pressures resulting from explosions and pressures created in firearms, using a piezoelectric substance that produces a voltage when under pressure.
This entry is located in the following units: electro-, electr-, electri- (page 97) piezo-, piez- + (page 1)
siphon rain gauge, siphon gauge, manometer
1. A glass siphon tube, partly filled with mercury which is used to indicate pressure, as of steam, or the degree of rarefaction produced in the receiver of an air pump or other vacuum.
2. A double-leg liquid-column gauge used to measure the difference between two fluid pressures.
This entry is located in the following unit: siphon-, siphono- + (page 1)