(Gag"ate) n. [L. gagates. See Jet a black mineral.] Agate. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Gage) n. [F. gage, LL. gadium, wadium; of German origin; cf. Goth. wadi, OHG. wetti, weti,
akin to E. wed. See Wed, and cf. Wage, n.]
1. A pledge or pawn; something laid down or given as a security for the performance of some act by the
person depositing it, and forfeited by nonperformance; security.
Nor without gages to the needy lend.Sandys.
2. A glove, cap, or the like, cast on the ground as a challenge to combat, and to be taken up by the
accepter of the challenge; a challenge; a defiance. "There I throw my gage." Shak.
(Gage) n. [So called because an English family named Gage imported the greengage from France,
in the last century.] A variety of plum; as, the greengage; also, the blue gage, frost gage, golden gage,
etc., having more or less likeness to the greengage. See Greengage.
(Gage), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gaged ; p. pr & vb. n. Gaging ] [Cf. F. gager. See Gage, n., a
1. To give or deposit as a pledge or security for some act; to wage or wager; to pawn or pledge. [Obs.]
A moiety competentShak.
Was gaged by our king.
2. To bind by pledge, or security; to engage.
Wherein my time, sometimes too prodigal,
Hath left me gaged.
(Gage), n. A measure or standard. See Gauge, n.
(Gage), v. t. To measure. See Gauge, v. t.
You shall not gage meShak.
By what we do to-night.