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▪ Was there no other gage he could have flung in my teeth?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gauge \Gauge\ (g[=a]j), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gauged; p. pr. & vb. n. Gauging] [OF. gaugier, F. jauger, cf. OF. gauge gauge, measuring rod, F. jauge; of uncertain origin; perh. fr. an assumed L. qualificare to determine the qualities of a thing (see Qualify); but cf. also F. jalon a measuring stake in surveying, and E. gallon.] [Written also gage.]

  1. To measure or determine with a gauge.

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

  3. (Mech.) 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.

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

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

    You shall not gauge me By what we do to-night.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a pledge, a pawn, something valuable deposited to insure performance," especially "something thrown down as a token of challenge," c.1300, from Old French gage "pledge (of battle), security, guarantee; pay, reward" (11c.), from Frankish *wadja-, from Proto-Germanic *wadi- (see wed). Italian gaggio, Spanish and Portuguese gage are French loan-words.


c.1400, "to deposit as security," from Old French gager, gagier "to guarantee, promise, pledge, swear; bet, wager; pay," from gage "security, pledge" (see gage (n.)). Related: Gaged; gaging. For the measuring sense, see gauge (v.).\n\n


Etymology 1 n. 1 Something, such as a glove or other pledge, thrown down as a challenge to combat (now usually figurative). 2 (context obsolete English) Something valuable deposited as a guarantee or pledge; security, ransom. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To give or deposit as a pledge or security; to pawn. 2 (context archaic English) To wager, to bet. 3 To bind by pledge, or security; to engage. Etymology 2

n. (alternative spelling of gauge from=US alternative English) (gloss: a measure, instrument for measuring, etc.) vb. (alternative spelling of gauge from=US alternative English) (gloss: to measure) Etymology 3

n. A subspecies of plum, (taxlink Prunus domestica subsp. italica subspecies noshow=1).

  1. n. street names for marijuana [syn: pot, grass, green goddess, dope, weed, sess, sens, smoke, skunk, locoweed, Mary Jane]

  2. a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc. [syn: gauge]

  3. v. place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse" [syn: bet on, back, stake, game, punt]

Gage, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 429
Housing Units (2000): 223
Land area (2000): 0.415383 sq. miles (1.075837 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.415383 sq. miles (1.075837 sq. km)
FIPS code: 28250
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.318024 N, 99.757206 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 73843
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Gage, OK
Gage -- U.S. County in Nebraska
Population (2000): 22993
Housing Units (2000): 10030
Land area (2000): 855.287542 sq. miles (2215.184470 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 4.649882 sq. miles (12.043138 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 859.937424 sq. miles (2227.227608 sq. km)
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 40.248785 N, 96.692942 W
Gage, NE
Gage County
Gage County, NE

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Gage (surname)

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Gage (finance)

In medieval finance, a gage or gage of land was a usufructory pledge of real property. The gage came in two forms:

  • the dead gage ( Scotsdeid wad, Frenchmort-gage, GermanZinssatzung); or
  • the living gage ( Welshprid, Fr vif-gage, G Totsatzung).

When a feudal tenant or landlord needed liquid resources, they could pledge their estate in land, as collateral, for a money loan. Since the gaged collateral was typically a piece of real property which generated revenue (e.g. a farm which produced crops, a mill which processed food, a pasture that provided milk or wool, etc.), the lender-gagee received the rents and profits of the land. Under the terms of a living gage, these rents and profits reduced the amount the borrower-gagor owed, while under a dead gage they did not. This meant that if the property was prosperous enough, or the loan small enough, a property in living gage could pay off the debt itself; in other words, it was self-redeeming. On the other hand, with a dead gage, the property's rents and profits did not go toward satisfying the principal, but instead constituted interest on the loan, which made it a form of usury. As a result, dead gages were denounced as immoral/illegal among Catholic theologians.

Usage examples of "gage".

He glanced at a small anemometer or wind gage, on the craft, and noted that it registered sixty miles an hour.

He wanted a blow--the harder the better--and all eyes anxiously watched the anemometer, or wind gage.

Gages, who had administered Navarre after the Italian war, and had, as I was assured, made the road at his own expense.

Can you deny that you gaged your ruby ring against my golden bracelet that yonder Knight of the Libbard, or how call you him, could not be seduced from his post?

Are they not a gage of battle you have thrown down to the wicked Nils Lykke on behalf of all womankind?

In the morning General Gage saw this important and formidable height, which he had entertained some thoughts of occupying himself, covered with works which seemed to have risen as it were by magic, and with troops that were beginning to fire on Boston-neck and the shipping.

Gage still bore deep down in his heart a hatred for the plebe who had become so popular at the academy.

Hodge remembered that Gage had tried to injure Frank in the past, and the dark-eyed plebe was ready to blaze forth in an instant.

They escaped by a postern with great difficulty, and repaired to the quarters of count Gages, who performed the part of a great general on this occasion.

If Katie told Lowden about John Smith, that he is really Ethan Harding and has been spying on the Tories for years, Gage could arrest him anyway.

As Rand dragged her across the room toward the other exit, Meriel shot an anguished glance back at Gage.

Gage shot him a furious, anguished look, but Meriel wasted no time in grasping his leg and pulling it straight.

Ensign Gage burst into the room, her expression warring between annoyance and chagrin.

Sim Gage fired with close, sure aim, and cut his man through with the blow of the Spitzer bullet of the Springfield piece.

Government and people, accept the gage of battle thus thrown down to them, and, appealing to God and the judgment of mankind for the righteousness of their Cause, the people of the Confederate States will defend their liberties to the last, against this flagrant and open attempt at their subjugation to Sectional power.