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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gage, Gadge, n.2 [e.m.E. and ME. gage, gauge, gawge (c 1450), ONF. gauge. Cf. Jadge n.] A standard of measure or quantity.(a) 1584 Acts III. 302/2.
Anent the gage and standert of salmound … That ilk burgh sall ressaue ane patroun of the gage and measure foresaid
1608 Irvine Mun. II. 47.
That na samont be packit in hogitis bot in barellis … , and that the barrellis be of ane gage
1619 Conv. Burghs III. 80.
That ilk burgh sall ressave ane patrone and measure of the gage foresaid
(b) 1590 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 153.
There is ane commoun ordour tane vpoun the quantitie of treis, and ane gadge appointit for the same
1595 Conv. Burghs II. 12.
That … the gadge of hering, quhyt fische, and salmond … wes reducit
1608 Ib. 257.
To … produce in Edinburgh … the gadge of the furlett [of Linlithgo]
1637 Annals Banff I. 80.
Ane irne gadge to be maid and stampit on baithe the endis [of the soles of shoes]
1652 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 225.
That nae couper … tak vpone hand to mak any barrellis bot suche as sall be on the gadge

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