broad gage

broad gauge

noun Railroads.
See under gauge ( def 13 ).
Also, especially in technical use, broad gage.

1835–45 Unabridged
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broad gauge
1.  a railway track with a greater distance between the lines than the standard gauge of 56½ inches (about 1.44 metres) used now by most mainline railway systems
2.  of, relating to, or denoting a railway having this track

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from Anglo-Fr. gauge (mid-14c.), from O.N.Fr. gauger, from gauge "gauging rod," perhaps from Frank. *galgo "rod, pole for measuring" (cf. O.N. gelgja "pole, perch," O.H.G. galgo, English gallows). Related: Gauged; gauging.
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