broadgauge

broad-gauge

[brawd-geyj]
adjective
1.
Railroads. of or pertaining to equipment designed for a railroad having track of a broad gauge: broad-gauge rolling stock.
2.
of wide scope, application, or experience: broad-gauge efforts to improve the health of our citizens.
Also, broad-gauged.


Origin:
1835–45, for an earlier sense

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gauge
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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