At the same moment the wind shifted to north-north-west and gave Monk the weather-gauge.
Nothing that ever sailed got the weather-gauge on the Moonbeam.
He had the weather-gauge, and he hoped by skilful manoeuvring to retain it.
The Perry then set gallant stern-sail, and kept her more free, because she got the weather-gauge of the privateer.
The English ship had gained the weather-gauge, so he could not escape.
Not choosing to give the advantage of the weather-gauge Lord Howe also weighed anchor and stood out to sea.
The rest of the day was spent by both fleets in trying to obtain the weather-gauge, and at sunset they exchanged a broadside.
In the morning, both fleets plied westward, Blake having the weather-gauge.
The circular letter of Monge and the speech of Kersaint furnished the weather-gauge for the future.
The English fleet had the weather-gauge, but the wind bowed their ships so much that they could not use their lowest tier.
"ascertain by exact measurements," mid-15c., from Anglo-French gauge (mid-14c.), from Old North French gauger (Old French jauger), from gauge "gauging rod," perhaps from Frankish *galgo "rod, pole for measuring" or another Germanic source (cf. Old Norse gelgja "pole, perch," Old High German galgo; see gallows). Related: Gauged; gauging. The figurative use is from 1580s.
"fixed standard of measure," early 15c. (surname Gageman is early 14c.), from Old North French gauge "gauging rod" (see gauge (v.)). Meaning "instrument for measuring" is from 1680s.
A shotgun: a shotgun is called ''the gauge,'' explained Officer Phil Lee/ This man took a gauge (Armond pantomimes holding a gun, then bends over to dodge from it) and two people end up dead
[1970s+ Underworld & police; fr the use of gauge to designate the caliber of a shotgun]