# Gauge vs. Size — What's the Difference?

## Compare with Definitions

#### Gauge

An instrument that measures and gives a visual display of the amount, level, or contents of something
A fuel gauge

#### Size

Size in general is the magnitude or dimensions of a thing. More specifically, geometrical size (or spatial size) can refer to linear dimensions (length, width, height, diameter, perimeter), area, or volume.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

The relative extent of something; a thing's overall dimensions or magnitude; how big something is
A forest the size of Wales
Firms of all sizes
The schools varied in size

#### Gauge

The position of a sailing ship to windward (the weather gage) or leeward (the lee gage) of another
The French fleet was heavily outnumbered but had the weather gage

#### Size

Each of the classes, typically numbered, into which garments or other articles are divided according to how large they are
I can never find anything in my size

#### Gauge

Estimate or determine the amount, level, or volume of
Astronomers can gauge the star's intrinsic brightness

#### Size

A gelatinous solution used in glazing paper, stiffening textiles, and preparing plastered walls for decoration.

#### Gauge

Measure the dimensions of (an object) with a gauge
When dry the assemblies can be gauged exactly

#### Size

Alter or sort in terms of size or according to size
Twist drills are sized in millimetres

#### Gauge

The distance between the two rails of a railroad.

#### Size

Estimate or measure something's dimensions
She was trying to size up a room with a tape measure

#### Gauge

The distance between two wheels on an axle.

#### Size

Treat with size to glaze or stiffen
Paper will adhere to sized walls better

#### 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.

#### Size

Having a specified size; sized
Marble-size chunks of hail

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

The physical dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or extent of an object.

#### Gauge

The fineness of knitted cloth as measured by the number of stitches per a given unit of length.

#### Size

Any of a series of graduated categories of dimension whereby manufactured articles, such as shoes and clothing, are classified.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Considerable extent, amount, or dimensions
A debt of enormous size.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Relative amount or number, as of population or contents
What size is Cleveland?.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Character, value, or status with reference to relative importance or the capacity to meet given requirements
Try this proposal on for size.

#### Gauge

(Nautical) The position of a vessel in relation to another vessel and the wind.

#### Size

The actual state of affairs
That's about the size of the situation.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Any of several gelatinous or glutinous substances usually made from glue, wax, or clay and used as a glaze or filler for porous materials such as paper, cloth, or wall surfaces.

#### Gauge

To evaluate or estimate
Gauge a person's interest.

#### Size

To arrange, classify, or distribute according to size.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

To make, cut, or shape to a required size.

#### Gauge

To chip or rub (bricks or stones) to size.

#### Size

To treat or coat with size or a similar substance.

#### Gauge

To stretch (a pierced earlobe or other body part) by inserting progressively larger objects over a long period of time.

#### Size

Sized. Often used in combination
Bite-size appetizers.
An economy-size package.

#### Gauge

Of or relating to a gauge.

An assize.

#### Gauge

(Physics) Invariant under a local transformation.

#### Size

(obsolete) A regulation determining the amount of money paid in fees, taxes etc.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

(obsolete) A fixed standard for the magnitude, quality, quantity etc. of goods, especially food and drink.

#### Gauge

An act of measuring.

#### Size

The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is.
The size of the building seemed to have increased since I was last there.

An estimate.

#### Size

(obsolete) A regulation, piece of ordinance.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

A specific set of dimensions for a manufactured article, especially clothing.
I don't think we have the red one in your size.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

(graph theory) A number of edges in a graph.

#### Gauge

(rail) track gauge

#### Size

Degree of rank, ability, character, etc.

#### Size

An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, used for measuring the size of pearls

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.

#### Gauge

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

Wallpaper paste.

#### Gauge

(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.

#### Size

The thickened crust on coagulated blood.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Any viscous substance, such as gilder's varnish.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

(transitive) To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.

#### Gauge

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.

#### Size

(transitive) To classify or arrange by size.

#### Gauge

(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.

#### Size

(military) To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

(mining) To sift (pieces of ore or metal) in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.

Cannabis.

#### Size

(intransitive) To take a greater size; to increase in size.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.

#### Gauge

(transitive) To estimate.

#### Size

To swell; to increase the bulk of.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

(transitive) To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.

#### Gauge

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

Six.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

A thin, weak glue used in various trades, as in painting, bookbinding, paper making, etc.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Any viscous substance, as gilder's varnish.

#### Gauge

To measure or determine with a gauge.

#### Size

A settled quantity or allowance. See Assize.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

An allowance of food and drink from the buttery, aside from the regular dinner at commons; - corresponding to battel at Oxford.

#### 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.

#### Size

Extent of superficies or volume; bulk; bigness; magnitude; as, the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc.; as, the office demands a man of larger size.
Men of a less size and quality.
The middling or lower size of people.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

A conventional relative measure of dimension, as for shoes, gloves, and other articles made up for sale.

#### 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.

#### Size

An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, - used for ascertaining the size of pearls.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

To cover with size; to prepare with size.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

To fix the standard of.

#### 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.

#### Size

To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk.

#### 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.

#### Size

To swell; to increase the bulk of.

#### Gauge

The distance between the rails of a railway.

#### Size

To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting.
We had to size up our fellow legislators.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

To take greater size; to increase in size.
Our desires give them fashion, and so,As they wax lesser, fall, as they size, grow.

#### Gauge

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.

#### Size

To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

The physical magnitude of something (how big it is);
A wolf is about the size of a large dog

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

The property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing);
He wears a size 13 shoe

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics;
Size gives body to a fabric

#### Gauge

The thickness of wire

#### Size

The actual state of affairs;
That's the size of the situation
She hates me, that's about the size of it

#### Gauge

Diameter of a tube or gun barrel

#### Size

A large magnitude;
He blanched when he saw the size of the bill
The only city of any size in that area

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)

#### Gauge

Rub to a uniform size;
Gauge bricks

#### Size

Sort according to size

#### Gauge

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

#### Size

Make to a size; bring to a suitable size

#### Gauge

Measure precisely and against a standard;
The wire is gauged

#### Size

(used in combination) sized;
The economy-size package
Average-size house

#### Gauge

Gauge the instruments

#### Gauge

Mix in specific proportions;
Gauge plaster