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Gage vs. Gauge: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Gage refers to a pledge or something given as a security, while gauge is a measurement tool or standard.
Gage vs. Gauge

Key Differences

Gage primarily means something given as security for a promise, often used in historical contexts. In contrast, gauge is a term widely used in various fields to denote a measurement device or unit, such as a pressure gauge or a gauge of thickness.
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The word gage can also signify a challenge, especially in medieval times when a glove was thrown down as a challenge to a duel. Gauge, however, relates to assessing or determining the amount, level, or capacity of something, like fuel gauge in vehicles.
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In legal terms, gage can refer to a token of surrender or forfeiture. Meanwhile, gauge is employed in technical and scientific contexts, indicating precision instruments used for measurement, like rain gauges in meteorology.
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Gage appears less frequently in modern usage and retains a more symbolic or historical connotation. Gauge, on the other hand, is prevalent in everyday language, especially in technical, mechanical, and scientific domains.
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In literature, gage can symbolize honor or commitment, often seen in historical or literary narratives. Gauge is more functional, used to describe tools for systematic measurement, crucial in engineering, construction, and various scientific applications.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

A pledge or security
A measurement tool
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Contextual Use

Historical, symbolic
Technical, scientific
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Connotation

Symbolic, less frequent
Practical, common
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Example Usage

Medieval challenges
Measuring instruments
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Field Relevance

Literature, history
Engineering, meteorology
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Gage and Gauge Definitions

Gage

A sign of a wager or bet.
He placed his watch as a gage in the card game.
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Gauge

A standard dimension or measurement.
The wire was 12-gauge, thick enough for the project.
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Gage

A token of challenge or pledge.
He threw down his glove as a gage of battle.
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Gauge

To estimate or judge the extent of something.
He tried to gauge her reaction to the news.
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Gage

Something given as security for a promise.
The ring served as a gage for his return.
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Gauge

To make a judgment or calculation.
She gauged the distance before making the jump.
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Gage

A symbol of surrender or forfeiture in legal terms.
The land was given as a gage to settle the dispute.
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Gauge

The distance between the two rails of a railroad.
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Gage

Something deposited or given as security against an obligation; a pledge.
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Gauge

The distance between two wheels on an axle.
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Gage

Something, such as a glove, that is offered or thrown down as a pledge or challenge to fight.
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Gauge

The interior diameter of a shotgun barrel as determined by the number of lead balls of a size exactly fitting the barrel that are required to make one pound. Often used in combination
A 12-gauge shotgun.
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Gage

A challenge.
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Gauge

The thickness or diameter of sheet metal, wire, or a similar manufactured material or piece.
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Gage

Any of several varieties of plum, such as the greengage.
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The fineness of knitted cloth as measured by the number of stitches per a given unit of length.
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Gage

Variant of gauge.
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Gauge

A standard or scale of measurement
The capacity of barrels was measured according to the gauge in use at the time.
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Gage

To pledge as security.
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Gauge

An instrument for measuring the dimensions, capacity, or amount of something
A pressure gauge.
A fuel gauge.
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Gage

To offer as a stake in a bet; wager.
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Gauge

A means of estimating or evaluating; a test
A gauge of character.
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Gage

To bind by pledge, or security; to engage.
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Gauge

(Nautical) The position of a vessel in relation to another vessel and the wind.
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(archaic) To wager, to bet.
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Gauge

To measure the dimensions, capacity, proportions, or amount of (something), especially by means of a gauge
Gauged the thickness of the metal part.
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Gage

(obsolete) To give or deposit as a pledge or security; to pawn.
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Gauge

To evaluate or estimate
Gauge a person's interest.
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Gage

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Gauge

To adapt or make conform to a specified standard
Pressure valves that are gauged to industry requirements.
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Gage

Something, such as a glove or other pledge, thrown down as a challenge to combat (now usually figurative).
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Gauge

To chip or rub (bricks or stones) to size.
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(obsolete) Something valuable deposited as a guarantee or pledge; security, ransom.
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To stretch (a pierced earlobe or other body part) by inserting progressively larger objects over a long period of time.
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Gage

(US) gauge {{gloss}}
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Of or relating to a gauge.
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Gage

A subspecies of plum, Prunus domestica subsp. italica.
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(Physics) Invariant under a local transformation.
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Gage

A pledge or pawn; something laid down or given as a security for the performance of some act by the person depositing it, and forfeited by nonperformance; security.
Nor without gages to the needy lend.
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Gauge

A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard
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Gage

A glove, cap, or the like, cast on the ground as a challenge to combat, and to be taken up by the accepter of the challenge; a challenge; a defiance.
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Gauge

An act of measuring.
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Gage

A variety of plum; as, the greengage; also, the blue gage, frost gage, golden gage, etc., having more or less likeness to the greengage. See Greengage.
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Gauge

An estimate.
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Gage

To give or deposit as a pledge or security for some act; to wage or wager; to pawn or pledge.
A moiety competentWas gaged by our king.
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Gauge

Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things
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Gage

To bind by pledge, or security; to engage.
Great debtsWherein my time, sometimes too prodigal,Hath left me gaged.
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Gauge

A thickness of sheet metal or wire designated by any of several numbering schemes.
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Gage

Street names for marijuana
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Gauge

(rail) track gauge
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Gage

A measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
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Gauge

(rail) loading gauge
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Gage

Place a bet on;
Which horse are you backing?
I'm betting on the new horse
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Gauge

A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space.
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Gage

A token representing honor or commitment.
In the novel, the knight’s sword was a gage of his loyalty.
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Gauge

(knitting) The number of stitches per inch, centimetre, or other unit of distance.
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(nautical) Relative positions of two or more vessels with reference to the wind.
A vessel has the weather gauge of another when on the windward side of it, and the lee gauge when on the lee side of it.
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Gauge

(nautical) The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.
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(plastering) The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to make it set more quickly.
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That part of a shingle, slate, or tile, which is exposed to the weather, when laid; also, one course of such shingles, slates, or tiles.
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(firearms) A unit of measurement which describes how many spheres of bore diameter of a shotgun can be had from one pound of lead; 12 gauge is roughly equivalent to .75 caliber.
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Gauge

A shotgun (synecdoche for 12 gauge shotgun, the most common chambering for combat and hunting shotguns).
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Gauge

A tunnel-like ear piercing consisting of a hollow ring embedded in the lobe.
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Gauge

Cannabis.
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Gauge

(transitive) To measure or determine with a gauge; to measure the capacity of.
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Gauge

(transitive) To estimate.
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Gauge

(transitive) To appraise the character or ability of; to judge of.
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Gauge

To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it.
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(transitive) To mix (a quantity of ordinary plaster) with a quantity of plaster of Paris.
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(transitive) To chip, hew or polish (stones, bricks, etc) to a standard size and/or shape.
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Gauge

To measure or determine with a gauge.
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Gauge

To measure or to ascertain the contents or the capacity of, as of a pipe, barrel, or keg.
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Gauge

To measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock.
The vanes nicely gauged on each side.
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Gauge

To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it, as cloth or a garment.
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Gauge

To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.
You shall not gauge meBy what we do to-night.
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Gauge

A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard.
This plate must be a gauge to file your worm and groove to equal breadth by.
There is not in our hands any fixed gauge of minds.
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Gauge

Measure; dimensions; estimate.
The gauge and dimensions of misery, depression, and contempt.
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Gauge

Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge.
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Gauge

Any instrument or apparatus for measuring the state of a phenomenon, or for ascertaining its numerical elements at any moment; - usually applied to some particular instrument; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge.
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Gauge

Relative positions of two or more vessels with reference to the wind; as, a vessel has the weather gauge of another when on the windward side of it, and the lee gauge when on the lee side of it.
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Gauge

The distance between the rails of a railway.
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The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.
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That part of a shingle, slate, or tile, which is exposed to the weather, when laid; also, one course of such shingles, slates, or tiles.
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Gauge

A measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
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Gauge

Accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
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The distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
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Gauge

The thickness of wire
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Gauge

Diameter of a tube or gun barrel
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Gauge

Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);
I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds
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Gauge

Rub to a uniform size;
Gauge bricks
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Gauge

Determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation;
Gauge the wine barrels
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Gauge

Measure precisely and against a standard;
The wire is gauged
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Gauge

Adapt to a specified measurement;
Gauge the instruments
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Gauge

Mix in specific proportions;
Gauge plaster
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Gauge

An instrument for measuring or testing.
The fuel gauge indicated the tank was nearly empty.
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Gauge

A means of assessing level or quantity.
The temperature gauge showed a significant drop.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is a gage in historical context?

A token used as a pledge, often in medieval times.
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Can gage signify a challenge?

Yes, historically it represented a challenge, like a duel.
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How is gauge used in measurements?

A tool or standard used for measurement in various fields.
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What does gauge mean in engineering?

In engineering, it refers to instruments measuring dimensions or pressures.
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What does gauge mean in science?

In science, it refers to instruments for precise measurements, like a rain gauge.
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Is gage commonly used in modern language?

No, it's less common and often seen in historical or symbolic contexts.
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How does gauge apply in meteorology?

Used for instruments like rain gauges for weather measurement.
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Can gage imply legal forfeiture?

Yes, it can symbolize legal surrender or forfeiture.
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Can gauge be used to estimate non-physical things?

Yes, it can imply estimating or judging something abstract.
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How is gauge used in the automotive industry?

Commonly used for instruments like fuel gauges in vehicles.
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Does gage have a role in modern legal terms?

Rarely, it's mostly historical or symbolic now.
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Is gage related to betting?

Yes, it can represent a token in a wager.
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What is a symbolic use of gage in history?

Often a symbol of honor or challenge, like a knight's glove.
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Is gage a common term in current English?

No, it’s more archaic and less frequently used.
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What is a gauge in railways?

Refers to the distance between the rails in a railway track.
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Is gage used in literature?

Yes, often symbolizing honor or commitment in literary works.
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Can gauge mean to assess a situation?

Yes, it can mean to assess or estimate a situation or condition.
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What is a pressure gauge?

A device for measuring the pressure of liquids or gases.
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Does gage have a meaning in finance?

Not commonly, it's more historical or symbolic.
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Can gauge refer to wire thickness?

Yes, it refers to the thickness or size, like in wire gauge.
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Armani Exchange is a youth-focused, more affordable fashion line under the Armani brand, while Emporio Armani is a higher-end line targeting young adults with a modern style.
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"Happen" refers to events or actions taking place, often with an unplanned or casual connotation, while "occur" implies events or phenomena that take place, often with a more formal or scientific tone.

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