[WEBINAR] Bulletproof: How Today's Business Leaders Stay on Top

American Wire Gauge (AWG)

Definition - What does American Wire Gauge (AWG) mean?

American wire gauge (AWG) is a standard for the width of electrical wire used predominately in North America. The standard specifies the width of the the diameter of the wire, ranging from 0000 to 40. The diameter decreases as the wire gauges get larger.

American Wire Gauge is also known as Brown & Sharpe wire gauge.

Techopedia explains American Wire Gauge (AWG)

American wire gauge is a common standard for the diameter of electrical wire. As the name suggests, the standard is most widely used in North America as a non-metric gauge.

The standard defines the width of the wire diameter using a series of numbers. 0000 is the smallest gauge at 0.46 inches (11.684 mm) and the largest is 40 at .00314 inches (0.0799 mm). The larger the number, the smaller the diameter of the wire. The smallest sizes are 0000, 000, 00 and 0.

The wire size is typical written as n AWG, for example 1 AWG. It is also read "1 gauge." The gauges with zeroes are read as "aught," in keeping with the British usage. For example 000 is read as "three aught" and 0 is simply "aught."

Share this:

Connect with us

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.