gorge

Definitions

  • A bridge spans a steep-sided gorge
    A bridge spans a steep-sided gorge
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gorge overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself "She stuffed herself at the dinner","The kids binged on ice cream"
    • n gorge the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
    • n gorge a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
    • n gorge a deep ravine (usually with a river running through it)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A leech can gorge itself up to a maximum of five times its body weight
    • Gorge (Arch) A concave molding; a cavetto.
    • Gorge A defile between mountains.
    • Gorge A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction; as, an ice gorge in a river.
    • Gorge A narrow passage or entrance
    • Gorge (Angling) A primitive device used instead of a fishhook, consisting of an object easy to be swallowed but difficult to be ejected or loosened, as a piece of bone or stone pointed at each end and attached in the middle to a line.
    • Gorge That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl. "And all the way, most like a brutish beast,
      e spewed up his gorge , that all did him detest."
    • Gorge The entrance into a bastion or other outwork of a fort; -- usually synonymous with rear. See Illust. of Bastion.
    • Gorge (Naut) The groove of a pulley.
    • Gorge The throat; the gullet; the canal by which food passes to the stomach. "Wherewith he gripped her gorge with so great pain.""Now, how abhorred! . . . my gorge rises at it."
    • v. i Gorge To eat greedily and to satiety.
    • Gorge To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate. "The giant gorged with flesh.""Gorge with my blood thy barbarous appetite."
    • Gorge To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities. "The fish has gorged the hook."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gorge The throat; the gullet.
    • n gorge Hence —2. That which is swallowed or is provided for swallowing; the material of a meal.
    • n gorge The act of gorging; inordinate eating; a heavy meal: as, to indulge in a gorge after long abstinence.
    • n gorge A jam; a mass which chokes up a passage: as, a gorge of logs in a river; an ice-gorge.
    • n gorge A feeling of disgust, indignation, resentment, or the like: from the sympathetic influence of such emotions, when extreme in degree, upon the muscles of the throat.
    • n gorge In architecture: The narrow part of the Tuscan and Roman Doric capitals, between the astragal above the shaft of the column and the echinus; the necking or hypophyge. It is found also in some provincial Greek Doric, as at Pæstum. See cut under column.
    • n gorge A cavetto or hollow molding.
    • n gorge A narrow passage between steep rocky walls; a ravine or defile with precipitous sides.
    • n gorge The entrance into a bastion or other outwork of a fort. See cut under bastion.
    • n gorge In masonry, a little channel or up-cut on the lower side of the coping, to keep the drip from reaching the wall; a throat.
    • n gorge The groove in the circumference of a pulley.
    • n gorge A pitcher of earthenware or stoneware. Also george.
    • n gorge Synonyms Ravine, Defile. See valley.
    • gorge To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness or by gulps.
    • gorge Hence—2. To glut; fill the throat or stomach of; satiate.
    • gorge To feed greedily; stuff one's self.
    • n gorge In angling, a bait intended to be swallowed by the fish to effect its capture: usually a minnow in which a double-barbed leaded fish-hook is embedded.
    • n gorge A fish-hook consisting of a straight or crescent-shaped piece of stone or bone sharpened at the ends and grooved or perforated in the center: used by primitive tribes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gorge gorj the throat: a narrow pass among hills:
    • v.t Gorge to swallow greedily: to glut
    • v.i Gorge to feed
    • n Gorge gorj (fort.) the entrance to an outwork
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gorge, LL. gorgia, throat, narrow pass, and gorga, abyss, whirlpool, prob. fr. L. gurgea, whirlpool, gulf, abyss; cf. Skr. gargara, whirlpool, gṛ, to devour. Cf. Gorget
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. gurges, a whirlpool.

Usage

In literature:

The gorge is deep and exceedingly narrow, and the sides are precipitous.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
There was ice in the gorges; the first logs through would have the freshet head of water.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Don guided it into a side gorge, then suddenly pulled up, to jump through a notch in the surrounding hills.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
It is the entrance to a gorge going upward.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I scanned the gorge: no human form was visible.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
In Norton Folgate I found a timid cocoa-room, and, careless of the future, I entered and gorged.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Here in the mouth of the gorge the silence was almost oppressive.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
They had simply paused at their journey's end to survey the great gorge lying at their feet.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
From there I passed down a romantic gorge, through which flows the Royal Dyfi, to Mallwyd, where I spent the night.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
The tide had already reached the gorge.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The Outer Himalaya is continued beyond the gorges of the Jhelam and Kishnganga rivers in Kajnag and the hills of the Hazara district.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Ferdenando Gorges, and to y^e State.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
The spectators were his Keeper and cousin, Sir George Carew, and Arthur Gorges.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
His gorge rose intolerably, at the thought of this precious pair contending which was to have Natalie.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Beyond Laurgaard, Guldbrandsdal contracts to a narrow gorge, down which the Lougen roars in perpetual foam.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
It passes through the mountains in a succession of deep gorges, which are terrible to behold.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It is a dangerous passage, even for a skilled oarsman, through the Gorge of the Grey River.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
The following morning the Wildcat gorged himself on a ponderous breakfast.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
The gorge below us seemed utterly impassable.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
Below me yawned the gorge.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
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In poetry:

"Charge!" is the proud command,
Onward the daring band
Like a torrent dash;
On heaving gorges long,
On groaning rocks among,
With tempest crash.
"Custar's Last Ride" by Albery Allson Whitman
Now her hideous form comes swooping
From the thundering ramparts' height,
O'er the carnaged valley stooping,
Gorged with slaughter—horrid sight!
"Lines Suggested" by Janet Hamilton
What care I for the fitful wind,
That groans in a gorge, or sighs in a tree?
Groaning and sighing are nothing to me,
For I am a man of steadfast mind.
""On My Bed Of A Winter Night"" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
And, far and free, this man of men,
With wintry hair and wasted feature,
Had fellowship with gorge and glen,
And learned the loves and runes of Nature.
"Charles Harpur" by Henry Kendall
For the close—fitting doors that are barred,
Lest the vagrant should whine for bread,
And the yawn of the slinking pard
That hath gorged and surfeited.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
Four courts I made, East, West and South and North,
In each a squared lawn, wherefrom
The golden gorge of dragons spouted forth
A flood of fountain-foam.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

The Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a trip to see the 65-mile New River Gorge in its fall splendor.
Welcome to high fire danger season in the Gorge.
Watkins Glen State Park's gorge is a natural wonder.
Manawatu Gorge closer to being fully functional again.
A street in Ronda, Spain, leading toward a gorge.
The first-annual Gorge Gravity Games last month drew a crowd of about 500 people to watch 17 middle and high school teams compete.
Gorge Gymnastics competitors Rosalie Dillon, Poppy Miller, Taryn Schilling and Jacy Johnston (pictured below) qualified for the Northern Sectional Championships at Precise Elite Gymnastics in Clackamas last week.
I made my first trip to the Pembina Gorge on opening day of the deer gun season.
I've wanted to see the gorge for several years and finally made the trip.
I recall passing by Nekoma many years ago, but know I didn't really get a look at nearby and famous Pembina Gorge country.
(Photo by David Madison for Royal Gorge ).
Once a meeting place for governors, politicians and more, the Peabody Mansion continues to be a hub of activity at 403 Royal Gorge Blvd.
2007 Live at the Gorge 05/06.
I watched as it gorged itself and became very fat.
Somewhere between the Red River Gorge, New River Gorge, and Tennessee Wall is the center of the Sandstone Universe.
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