Standard-gage

standard gauge

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


Origin:
1870–75

standard-gauge, standard-gauged, adjective
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standard gauge
 
n
1.  narrow gauge See also broad gauge a railway track with a distance of 4 ft 8½ in. (1.435 m) between the lines; used on most railways
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or denoting a railway with a standard gauge

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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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