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gage1

[geyj] /geɪdʒ/
noun
1.
something, as a glove, thrown down by a medieval knight in token of challenge to combat.
2.
Archaic. a challenge.
3.
Archaic. a pledge or pawn; security.
verb (used with object), gaged, gaging.
4.
Archaic. to pledge, stake, or wager.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Germanic; see wage

gage2

[geyj] /geɪdʒ/
noun, verb (used with object), gaged, gaging. (chiefly in technical use)
1.
Related forms
gager, noun

gage3

[geyj] /geɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Origin
1840-50; by shortening

Gage

[geyj] /geɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Thomas, 1721–87, British general in America 1763–76.
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British Dictionary definitions for gage

gage1

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
something deposited as security against the fulfilment of an obligation; pledge
2.
(formerly) a glove or other object thrown down to indicate a challenge to combat
verb
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to stake, pledge, or wager
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gage, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic wadi pledge

gage2

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
short for greengage

gage3

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
(US, old-fashioned, slang) marijuana
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin; compare ganja

gage4

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun, verb
1.
(US) a variant spelling (esp in technical senses) of gauge

Gage

/ɡeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Thomas. 1721–87, British general and governor in America; commander in chief of British forces at Bunker Hill (1775)

gauge

/ɡeɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to measure or determine the amount, quantity, size, condition, etc, of
2.
to estimate or appraise; judge
3.
to check for conformity or bring into conformity with a standard measurement, dimension, etc
noun
4.
a standard measurement, dimension, capacity, or quantity
5.
any of various instruments for measuring a quantity: a pressure gauge
6.
any of various devices used to check for conformity with a standard measurement
7.
a standard or means for assessing; test; criterion
8.
scope, capacity, or extent
9.
the diameter of the barrel of a gun, esp a shotgun
10.
the thickness of sheet metal or the diameter of wire
11.
the distance between the rails of a railway track: in Britain 4 ft 81/2 in. (1.435 m)
12.
the distance between two wheels on the same axle of a vehicle, truck, etc
13.
(nautical) the position of a vessel in relation to the wind and another vessel. One vessel may be windward (weather gauge) or leeward (lee gauge) of the other
14.
the proportion of plaster of Paris added to mortar to accelerate its setting
15.
the distance between the nails securing the slates, tiles, etc, of a roof
16.
a measure of the fineness of woven or knitted fabric, usually expressed as the number of needles used per inch
17.
the width of motion-picture film or magnetic tape
adjective
18.
(of a pressure measurement) measured on a pressure gauge that registers zero at atmospheric pressure; above or below atmospheric pressure: 5 bar gauge See also absolute (sense 10)
Derived Forms
gaugeable, gageable, adjective
gaugeably, gageably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old Northern French, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for gage
n.

"pledge," c.1300, from Old French gage "pledge (of battle), security, guarantee" (11c.), from Frankish *wadja-, from Proto-Germanic *wadi- (see wed). Italian gaggio, Spanish and Portuguese gage are French loan-words. The verb is late 15c., from French gager. Related: Gaged, gaging.

v.

see gauge. "The spelling variants gauge and gage have existed since the first recorded uses in Middle English, though in American English gage is found exclusively in technical uses" [Barnhart]. Related: Gaged; gaging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gage

gauge 2

noun

Marijuana; grass, pot, weed

[1930s+ Narcotics; origin unknown; perhaps from gaged, ''drunk'']


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