Gage vs. Gauge

The Micro-Measurements Difference


As a verb, gage and gauge mean the same thing — to perform an act of measurement. At VPG Micro-Measurements, we’re in the business of measuring strain, but gauges (and gages!) can also be used to measure depth, weight, and more. As a noun, gage and gauge simply refer to an instrument used for measurement, as in our strain gages. In general, gauge is the most common spelling. However, at Micro-Measurements, we use the more unique spelling (gage) to distinguish the uncommon quality of our products. As the worldwide premier producer of strain gages, we wanted our higher standard of measurement excellence to also be reflected in a more unique name. Here’s another fun fact: an obsolete meaning of the word gage (as a noun) is a pledge offered as a form of security. That meaning fits perfectly with our use of the word gage, because we pledge to provide the highest level of quality with each strain gage we make, no matter how it may be spelled!


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Yuval Hernik

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