# Gauge vs. Estimate: What's the Difference?

## Gauge and Estimate Definitions

#### Gauge

The distance between the two rails of a railroad.

#### Estimate

To calculate approximately (the amount, extent, magnitude, position, or value of something).

#### Gauge

The distance between two wheels on an axle.

#### Estimate

To form an opinion about; evaluate
"While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance" (Samuel Johnson).

#### 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.

#### Estimate

A tentative evaluation or rough calculation, as of worth, quantity, or size
An estimate of the damage caused by the storm.

#### Gauge

The thickness or diameter of sheet metal, wire, or a similar manufactured material or piece.

#### Estimate

A statement of the approximate cost of work to be done, such as a building project or car repairs.

#### Gauge

The fineness of knitted cloth as measured by the number of stitches per a given unit of length.

#### Estimate

A judgment based on one's impressions; an opinion
I have a high estimate of his character.

#### Gauge

A standard or scale of measurement
The capacity of barrels was measured according to the gauge in use at the time.

#### Estimate

A rough calculation or assessment of the value, size, or cost of something.

#### Gauge

An instrument for measuring the dimensions, capacity, or amount of something
A pressure gauge.
A fuel gauge.

#### Estimate

(construction and business) A document (or verbal notification) specifying how much a job is likely to cost.

#### Gauge

A means of estimating or evaluating; a test
A gauge of character.

#### Estimate

An upper limitation on some positive quantity.

#### Gauge

(Nautical) The position of a vessel in relation to another vessel and the wind.

#### Estimate

To calculate roughly, often from imperfect data.

#### Gauge

To measure the dimensions, capacity, proportions, or amount of (something), especially by means of a gauge
Gauged the thickness of the metal part.

#### Estimate

To judge and form an opinion of the value of, from imperfect data.

#### Gauge

To evaluate or estimate
Gauge a person's interest.

#### Estimate

To judge and form an opinion of the value of, from imperfect data, - either the extrinsic (money), or intrinsic (moral), value; to fix the worth of roughly or in a general way; as, to estimate the value of goods or land; to estimate the worth or talents of a person.
It is by the weight of silver, and not the name of the piece, that men estimate commodities and exchange them.
It is always very difficult to estimate the age in which you are living.

#### Gauge

To adapt or make conform to a specified standard
Pressure valves that are gauged to industry requirements.

#### Estimate

To from an opinion of, as to amount,, number, etc., from imperfect data, comparison, or experience; to make an estimate of; to calculate roughly; to rate; as, to estimate the cost of a trip, the number of feet in a piece of land.

#### Gauge

To chip or rub (bricks or stones) to size.

#### Estimate

A valuing or rating by the mind, without actually measuring, weighing, or the like; rough or approximate calculation; as, an estimate of the cost of a building, or of the quantity of water in a pond.
Weigh success in a moral balance, and our whole estimate is changed.
No; dear as freedom is, and in my heart'sJust estimation prized above all price.

#### Gauge

To stretch (a pierced earlobe or other body part) by inserting progressively larger objects over a long period of time.

#### Estimate

An approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;
An estimate of what it would cost
A rough idea how long it would take

#### Gauge

Of or relating to a gauge.

#### Estimate

A judgment of the qualities of something or somebody;
Many factors are involved in any estimate of human life
In my estimation the boy is innocent

#### Gauge

(Physics) Invariant under a local transformation.

#### Estimate

A document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)

#### Gauge

A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard

#### Estimate

A statement indicating the likely cost of some job;
He got an estimate from the car repair shop

#### Gauge

An act of measuring.

#### Estimate

The respect with which a person is held;
They had a high estimation of his ability

An estimate.

#### Estimate

Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);
I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds

#### Gauge

Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things

#### Estimate

Judge to be probable

#### Gauge

A thickness of sheet metal or wire designated by any of several numbering schemes.

#### Gauge

(rail) track gauge

#### Gauge

A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space.

#### Gauge

(knitting) The number of stitches per inch, centimetre, or other unit of distance.

#### 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.

#### Gauge

(nautical) The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.

#### Gauge

(plastering) The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to make it set more quickly.

#### 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.

#### 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.

#### Gauge

A shotgun (synecdoche for 12 gauge shotgun, the most common chambering for combat and hunting shotguns).

#### Gauge

A tunnel-like ear piercing consisting of a hollow ring embedded in the lobe.

Cannabis.

#### Gauge

(transitive) To measure or determine with a gauge; to measure the capacity of.

#### Gauge

(transitive) To estimate.

#### Gauge

(transitive) To appraise the character or ability of; to judge of.

#### Gauge

To draw into equidistant gathers by running a thread through it.

#### Gauge

(transitive) To mix (a quantity of ordinary plaster) with a quantity of plaster of Paris.

#### Gauge

(transitive) To chip, hew or polish (stones, bricks, etc) to a standard size and/or shape.

#### Gauge

To measure or determine with a gauge.

#### Gauge

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

#### 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.

#### Gauge

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

#### Gauge

To measure the capacity, character, or ability of; to estimate; to judge of.
You shall not gauge meBy what we do to-night.

#### 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.

#### Gauge

Measure; dimensions; estimate.
The gauge and dimensions of misery, depression, and contempt.

#### Gauge

Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge.

#### 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.

#### 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.

#### Gauge

The distance between the rails of a railway.

#### Gauge

The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.

#### 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.

#### Gauge

A measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.

#### Gauge

Accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared

#### Gauge

The distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

#### Gauge

The thickness of wire

#### Gauge

Diameter of a tube or gun barrel

#### Gauge

Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);
I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds

#### Gauge

Rub to a uniform size;
Gauge bricks

#### Gauge

Determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation;
Gauge the wine barrels

#### Gauge

Measure precisely and against a standard;
The wire is gauged