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Gage or gauge?

Gage or gauge?

Gage or gauge?

(OP)
For gage (gauge) dimensions on a drawing, what is the correct spelling of "gage"?

RE: Gage or gauge?

In the US, they are both acceptable spellings and both are widely used.

RE: Gage or gauge?

I'm British and always use "gauge".

RE: Gage or gauge?

As an old USA stress guy, when I see "Gage" that means strain gage to me and when I see "Gauge" that means a pressure gauge. To other different-types of engineering guys, here and there,it may mean something different. Good huntings. [bigsmile]

RE: Gage or gauge?

Both are correct. Pick one and stick with it. Inconsistency is the only way you can mess it up.

RE: Gage or gauge?

When I see "gage" my brain drops the "e". Can't help it. Always want to know why a gag is installed there. Consequently I always use "gauge".

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RE: Gage or gauge?

I have always used gauge but my context is mostly in sheet and coil gauges.

-Bill

RE: Gage or gauge?

Bill's answer caused me to think a bit harder. For sheet metal and wire sizes, I have only ever seen gauge. For measuring instruments I have seen both spellings.

RE: Gage or gauge?

(OP)
Thanks to all!

RE: Gage or gauge?

Just use English (gauge) no mistakes or misunderstanding.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Gage or gauge?

humour or humor ?

color or colour ?

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RE: Gage or gauge?

America and England; two country separated by a common language.

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RE: Gage or gauge?

per the dictionary . . .

gauge
noun \ˈgāj\
Definition of GAUGE
1
a : a measurement (as of linear dimension) according to some standard or system: as (1) : the distance between the rails of a railroad (2) : the size of a shotgun barrel's inner diameter nominally expressed as the number of lead balls each just fitting that diameter required to make a pound <a 12-gauge shotgun> (3) : the thickness of a thin material (as sheet metal or plastic film) (4) : the diameter of a slender object (as wire or a hypodermic needle) (5) : the fineness of a knitted fabric expressed by the number of loops per unit width
b : dimensions, size
c : measure 1 <surveys are a gauge of public sentiment>
2: an instrument for or a means of measuring or testing: as
a : an instrument for measuring a dimension or for testing mechanical accuracy
b : an instrument with a graduated scale or dialect for measuring or indicating quantity
3: relative position of a ship with reference to another ship and the wind
4: a function introduced into a field equation to produce a convenient form of the equation but having no observable physical consequences

gage
noun \ˈgāj\
Definition of GAGE
1: a token of defiance; specifically : a glove or cap cast on the ground to be taken up by an opponent as a pledge of combat
2: something deposited as a pledge of performance

"gauge" is correct.

RE: Gage or gauge?

Provided you are speaking "English"

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Gage or gauge?

Consider also the following terms and their meanings:

• gauge boson, gauge group, gauge invariance, gauge particle, gauge theory, gauge transformation;

• gage block, gage brick, gage cock, gage glass, gage length, gage loss, gage penetration, gage plate, gage point, gage pressure;

as used by different branches of science and engineering.

RE: Gage or gauge?

Consistency is all.
The English English "gauge" isn't even pronounced as spelled. Similarly, the American English "gage" isn't either.
How would a new word to represent that sound be spelled? "gaydge" perhaps.

- Steve

RE: Gage or gauge?

... I take that back. Compared with "rage", "page", "wage", the American spelling seems more sensible.

- Steve

RE: Gage or gauge?

"Gage" strikes me like something cutsie, like "thru" instead of "through" or "valu" instead of "value".

It doesn't take that long to type one extra letter!

RE: Gage or gauge?

When the unit of measure is taken by direct reckoning, I use gage. When there's a dial or something else that moves in response to external force (or stress) I use gauge. So, a stream gage is different than an earth-pressure gauge. The USGS went with gage for water level measurement devices several decades ago.

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RE: Gage or gauge?

I have always used gage as a verb, as in to estimate or evaluate something; whereas gauge is a noun. In this case gauge would be the correct form of the word.

RE: Gage or gauge?

Quote (somptinggGuy)

"gaydge" perhaps
what about geige? as in beige?

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RE: Gage or gauge?

No, Walter, "beige" ends with an "sh" sound.

RE: Gage or gauge?

Geige can never sound like guage.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Gage or gauge?

I honestly have no idea how I would pronounce guage.
gwaag?

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RE: Gage or gauge?

To the quotes from the dictionary...selective quoting is common in the press, but engineers know better. :) Definition 2 of dictionary.com shows they are equal. Same for definition 3 on Meridian-Webster...and many others.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gage?s=t

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gage

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Product Definition Specialist, DS SolidWorks Corp
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RE: Gage or gauge?

I prefer to alternate the spellings to confuse the reader. smile

I generally agree with PMOVER's post. However, my vintage 1976 Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary also indicates that "gage" is a variant of "gauge". This means that either spelling is OK but "gauge" is prefered. One of the other definitions of "gage" is "greengage", which is a type of plum.

In my construction contract documents, I generally avoid specifying plums and tokens of defiance, so I use gauge.

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--Winston S. Churchill

RE: Gage or gauge?

You use a pressure gauge to measure a gage pressure...

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