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# Gauge vs. Probe

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Gaugenoun

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

Probenoun

(surgery) Any of various medical instruments used to explore wounds, organs, etc.

Gaugenoun

An act of measuring.

Probenoun

(figuratively) Something which penetrates something else, as though to explore; something which obtains information.

Gaugenoun

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

Probenoun

An act of probing; a prod, a poke.

Gaugenoun

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

Probenoun

(figuratively) An investigation or inquiry.

âThey launched a probe into the cause of the accident.â;

Gaugenoun

(rail transport) The distance between the rails of a railway.

Probenoun

(aeronautics) A tube attached to an aircraft which can be fitted into the drogue from a tanker aircraft to allow for aerial refuelling.

Gaugenoun

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

Probenoun

(sciences) A small device, especially an electrode, used to explore, investigate or measure something by penetrating or being placed in it.

âInsert the probe into the soil and read the temperature.â;

Gaugenoun

(knitting) The number of stitches per inch, centimetre, or other unit of distance.

Probenoun

(astronautics) A small, usually unmanned, spacecraft used to acquire information or measurements about its surroundings.

Gaugenoun

(nautical) Relative positions of two or more vessels with reference to the wind.

â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.â;

Probenoun

(game of go) a move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy

Gaugenoun

(nautical) The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.

Probenoun

(biochemistry) Any group of atoms or molecules radioactively labeled in order to study a given molecule or other structure

Gaugenoun

(plastering) The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to make it set more quickly.

Probeverb

To explore, investigate, or question

âIf you probe further, you may discover different reasons.â;

Gaugenoun

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.

Probeverb

(transitive) To insert a probe into.

Gaugenoun

(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.

Probeverb

To examine, as a wound, an ulcer, or some cavity of the body, with a probe.

Gaugenoun

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

Probeverb

Fig.: to search to the bottom; to scrutinize or examine thoroughly.

âThe growing disposition to probe the legality of all acts, of the crown.â;

Gaugenoun

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

Probenoun

An instrument for examining the depth or other circumstances of a wound, ulcer, or cavity, or the direction of a sinus, of for exploring for bullets, for stones in the bladder, etc.

Gaugeverb

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

Probenoun

an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities;

âthere was a congressional probe into the scandalâ;

Gaugeverb

(transitive) To estimate.

Probenoun

a flexible slender surgical instrument used to explore wounds or body cavities

Gaugeverb

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

Probenoun

an exploratory action or expedition

Gaugeverb

To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it.

Probenoun

an investigation conducted using a probe instrument

Gaugeverb

(transitive) To mix (a quantity of ordinary plaster) with a quantity of plaster of Paris.

Probeverb

question or examine thoroughly and closely

Gaugeverb

(transitive) To chip, hew or polish (stones, bricks, etc) to a standard size and/or shape.

Probeverb

examine physically with or as if with a probe;

âprobe an anthillâ;

Gaugeverb

To measure or determine with a gauge.

Probenoun

a blunt-ended surgical instrument used for exploring a wound or part of the body.

Gaugeverb

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

Probenoun

a small device, especially an electrode, used for measuring, testing, or obtaining information.

Gaugeverb

To measure the dimensions of, or to test the accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock.

âThe vanes nicely gauged on each side.â;

Probenoun

a thorough investigation into a crime or other matter

âa probe into city hall corruptionâ;

Gaugeverb

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

Probenoun

an unmanned exploratory spacecraft designed to transmit information about its environment.

Gaugeverb

To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.

âYou shall not gauge meBy what we do to-night.â;

Probenoun

a projecting device for engaging in a drogue, either on an aircraft for use in in-flight refuelling or on a spacecraft for use in docking with another craft.

Gaugenoun

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

âThis plate must be a gauge to file your worm and groove to equal breadth by.â; âThere is not in our hands any fixed gauge of minds.â;

Probeverb

physically explore or examine (something) with the hands or an instrument

âhands probed his body from top to bottomâ;

Gaugenoun

Measure; dimensions; estimate.

âThe gauge and dimensions of misery, depression, and contempt.â;

Probeverb

enquire into someone or something closely

âwhat right had he to probe into her personal life?â; âpolice are probing a nightwatchman's murderâ;

Gaugenoun

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

Gaugenoun

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.

Gaugenoun

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.

Gaugenoun

The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.

Gaugenoun

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.

Gaugenoun

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

Gaugenoun

accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared

Gaugenoun

the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

Gaugenoun

diameter of a tube or gun barrel

Gaugeverb

judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);

âI estimate this chicken to weigh three poundsâ;

Gaugeverb

rub to a uniform size;

âgauge bricksâ;

Gaugeverb

determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation;

âgauge the wine barrelsâ;

Gaugeverb

measure precisely and against a standard;

âthe wire is gaugedâ;

Gaugeverb

âgauge the instrumentsâ;

Gaugeverb

mix in specific proportions;

âgauge plasterâ;

Gaugenoun

an instrument that measures and gives a visual display of the amount, level, or contents of something

âa fuel gaugeâ;

Gaugenoun

a tool for checking whether something conforms to a desired dimension

âmark out the details of the angled surfaces with a knife and gaugeâ;

Gaugenoun

a means of estimating something

âemigration is perhaps the best gauge of public uneaseâ;

Gaugenoun

the thickness, size, or capacity of something, especially as a standard measure.

Gaugenoun

the diameter of a wire, fibre, tube, etc.

âa fine 0.018-inch gauge wireâ;

Gaugenoun

a measure of the diameter of a gun barrel, or of its ammunition, expressed as the number of spherical pieces of shot of the same diameter as the barrel that can be made from 1 lb (454 g) of lead

âa 12-gauge shotgunâ;

Gaugenoun

the distance between the rails of a line of railway track

âthe line was laid to a gauge of 2 ft 9 insâ;

Gaugenoun

the position of a sailing ship to windward (the weather gage) or leeward (the lee gage) of another

âthe French fleet was heavily outnumbered but had the weather gageâ;

Gaugeverb

estimate or determine the amount, level, or volume of

âastronomers can gauge the star's intrinsic brightnessâ;

Gaugeverb

judge or assess (a situation, mood, etc.)

âshe was unable to gauge his moodâ;

Gaugeverb

measure the dimensions of (an object) with a gauge

âwhen dry the assemblies can be gauged exactlyâ;

Gaugeverb