gauging


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   1. To measure or determine with a gauge.
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   2. To measure or to ascertain the contents or the capacity
      of, as of a pipe, barrel, or keg.
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   3. (Mech.) To measure the dimensions of, or to test the
      accuracy of the form of, as of a part of a gunlock.
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            The vanes nicely gauged on each side. --Derham.
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   4. To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread
      through it, as cloth or a garment.
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   5. To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to
      estimate; to judge of.
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            You shall not gauge me
            By what we do to-night.               --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Shirr \Shirr\, n. (Sewing)
   A series of close parallel runnings which are drawn up so as
   to make the material between them set full by gatherings; --
   called also shirring, and gauging.
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