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noun [countable] gauge pronunciation in American English /ɡeɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    a piece of equipment that measures the amount of something
    the fuel/gas/pressure gauge
    a rain/snow/hail gauge
  2. 2
    [usually singular] a fact or event that can be used for judging someone or something
    New orders are a gauge of how well manufacturers are doing.
  3. 3
    a way of saying how thick something is, especially something made of metal, wire, or plastic
    a small-gauge needle
    heavy-gauge plastic
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    1. a.
      the width of the barrel of a gun (=the part you fire the bullet through)
      a 12-gauge shotgun
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