What does the word gauge mean?

Usage examples for gauge

  1. All her short life long, Laura had suffered under a home- made, picturesque style of dress; and she had resented, with a violence even Mother did not gauge, this use of her young body as a peg on which to hang fantastic garments. – The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  2. There was much talk of what was called the " prayer- gauge." – Our Unitarian Gospel by Minot Savage