gauge vs gouge : Common Errors in English

About gauge vs gouge

“Gauge” is an unusual spelling in English, and the word frequently gets misspelled. Your spelling-checker will catch “gague” (believe it!), but won’t catch “gouge,” which occurs more often than you might think. It’s pretty easy to find a “tire pressure gouge” for sale on the Web. If the word you want has an A sound in it, the spelling you want is “gauge.”

gauge Meaning(s)

  • (n) a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
  • (n) accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared
  • (n) the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
  • (n) the thickness of wire
  • (n) diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  • (v) judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  • (v) rub to a uniform size
  • (v) determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation
  • (v) measure precisely and against a standard
  • (v) adapt to a specified measurement
  • (v) mix in specific proportions

gouge Meaning(s)

  • (n) an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
  • (n) and edge tool with a blade like a trough for cutting channels or grooves
  • (n) the act of gouging
  • (v) force with the thumb
  • (v) obtain by coercion or intimidation
  • (v) make a groove in

gauge in News

  1. U.S. Corporate Credit Swaps Decline for First Time in Two Days

    A gauge of U.S. corporate credit risk declined for the first time this week as investors weighed whether the economy is expanding enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to reduce debt purchases.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. UK RICS House Price Gauge At 3-Year High

    A gauge of house prices in the UK rose to its highest level in three years in May, suggesting that government's policies to revive the property market have started to pay off, results of a survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) showed Tuesday. The RICS house price balance rose to 5 in May from 1 in April. This was the highest reading since June 2010.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: RTT News

  3. DEQ: Gauge Containing Radioactive Material Recovered

    A gauge containing radioactive material was recovered over the weekend. It had been stolen from the back of a pickup truck near Ponca City on Thursday.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: News On 6 Tulsa

gouge in News

  1. Rhododendron 10K Saturday in Mitchell County

    BAKERSVILLE — The 36th annual Rhododendron 10K Run and 1-mile fun run, sponsored by Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, is Saturday. The 1-mile starts at 8 a.m., and the 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. at Gouge Elementary School.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

  2. Panels a good option for problem wall

    QUESTION: I have several problem walls with hairline cracks, gouge marks, stains and so forth, and am thinking of giving them a new look with wall panels.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Macon Telegraph

  3. Audit: Shops don't gouge

    The shops and restaurants at Pittsburgh International Airport mostly don't price-gouge customers, an audit has found -- at least, not too much.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Erie Times-News

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