One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gauge consisting of a number of thin blades of calibrated thickness used for measuring narrow gaps or clearances.
- ‘Then someone pulls out a feeler gauge and measures the gaps and flushness.’
- ‘Check planters with finger pickups for wear on the back plate and brush (use a feeler gauge to check tension on the fingers, then tighten them correctly).’
- ‘A feeler gauge, thoughtfully provided by the manufacturer, is used to set the cylinder gap, the nut is replaced and snugged up, and the revolver is ready to go in a very few minutes with a new barrel length or style.’
- ‘You can quickly check it with a simple feeler gauge.’
- ‘The paper test involves standing on top of the skis while the ski technician uses a feeler gauge or fitting card under the ski to determine if the ski fits properly.’
feeler gauge/ˈfēlər ɡāj/
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