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Gauge vs. Size — What's the Difference?

Gauge vs. Size — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Gauge and Size

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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
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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.

Size

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.

Gauge

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.

Gauge

(rail) loading gauge

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.

Size

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.

Gauge

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.

Size

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

Adapt to a specified measurement;
Gauge the instruments

Gauge

Mix in specific proportions;
Gauge plaster

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