• WordNet 3.6
    • adj purging serving to purge or rid of sin "purgatorial rites"
    • n purging an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
    • n purging the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Purging That purges; cleansing.
    • n Purging (Med) The act of cleansing; excessive evacuations; especially, diarrhea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purging Any purifying process.
    • n purging A diarrhea or dysentery; looseness of the bowels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Purging act of cleansing or clearing
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  • John Mason Brown
    John Mason Brown
    “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. purger—L. purgāre, -ātumpurus, pure, agĕre, to do.


In literature:

To purge away these impurities nothing is needed but quickened intelligence, a keener spiritual flame.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
When the remains of sin shall be purged away, there will be no more darkness, fear or horror.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
No drastic purges, no violent exercises, especially at first, and not too frequent nor prolonged Turkish baths.
"Diet and Health" by Lulu Hunt Peters
If otherwise, the convention can be again purged and the correct result established.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
He therefore undertook to subdue it by purging and bleeding the patient, and succeeded.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
At the next island they went ashore and offered sacrifices, and Orpheus purged them from their guilt.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
I'm goin' to lif' that spell ef I has to purge my immortal soul to do it.
"Miss Mink's Soldier and Other Stories" by Alice Hegan Rice
Depression is the purge of business.
"Success (Second Edition)" by Max Aitken Beaverbrook
She has come with a winnowing fan in her hand, and she will not stop till she has thoroughly purged her floor.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
The Far East purged Buddhism of much of its pessimism.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
I am a coward and a sinner; purge me from my cowardice and sinfulness, even as the north wind drives the dust into the sea.
"Madame Chrysantheme" by Pierre Loti
Shortly after his arrival Moffat thoroughly purged his little community.
"Robert Moffat" by David J. Deane
Before her passionate purification the place was purged of the dust of years.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
But all of these are to be reached nowadays by the railway, that great modern purge of sensibility.
"Morocco" by S.L. Bensusan
To conclude, the seas are purged and brought to perpetuall quietnesse.
"Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (4 of 8)" by Raphael Holinshed
And there they offered sacrifices, and Orpheus purged them from their guilt.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
Jealousy was purged out of her; all resentment for faithlessness, all longing for possession were gone.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
In the early stage a brisk mercurial purge is often of value.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
He rests: the great spirit is hid where from heaven the veil is unroll'd, And justice merges in love, and the dross is purged from the gold.
"The Visions of England Lyrics on leading men and events in English History" by Francis T. Palgrave
But aw think tha's getten that nooation purged aght on thi nah?
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley

In poetry:

A hope so much divine
May trials well endure;
May purge our souls from sense and sin,
As Christ the Lord is pure.
"Hymn 64" by Isaac Watts
Graciously in me renew
Thy good Spirit right and true,
Purging every taint of sin,
Clean without, and pure within.
"A Morning Hymn" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
What is fairer then a rose?
What is sweeter? yet it purgeth.
Purgings enmitie disclose,
Enmitie forbearance urgeth.
"The Rose" by George Herbert
Be it thine, O spirit,
The world of sense and thought to exalt with light;
Purge away blindness,
Terror and all unkindness.
"Imagination" by John Freeman
Was it some elfin euphrasy
That purged his spirit so that there
Blue harebells, by those ways that be,
Seemed summoning to prayer?
"Days And Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein
"This record I will bear
To the dim chambers of eternity--
The chain and charter I have lived to see
Purged by the cannon's prayer;
"To The Old Year—1865" by Mary Baker Eddy

In news:

Originally there were eight, however during the 'Purge of 1917' (when the government revised the rules for the award and disqualified 911 recipients) these eight had their honor rescinded.
Students cram for a test, then regardless of the outcome purge their brains to cram for the next.
Either you're slinging Converse across your closet like it's 8th grade again, or you're purging everything in your closet that isn't from Alex Wang.
In the wake of this purge, we should all ask: In a country unlikely to abandon the two-party system, what good does partisan purity serve.
Wilmont stands by the purge.
The Miami Marlins' spending spree a year ago didn't work, so now they're trying another payroll purge.
Who do you think is trying to keep the poor and disabled from voting with voter purges.
Potatoes, poison and purging our puppy.
Lundy Khoy Barely Escaped Pol Pot 's Purge.
I recently learned that the first rule of getting organized is to Purge .
Why Apple's Porn Purge is a Smart Move.
Purge light offers portable wide area task lighting.
The other two states conducting similar voter purges are Colorado and New Mexico, which, like Florida, are swing states with large Hispanic populations.
Voter purge might break laws.
In an agreement reached in response to the Travis County lawsuit, targeted voters were told they will not be purged unless their deaths are confirmed.

In science:

If we want to address the problem of the arrow of time from a perspective purged of our temporal intuitions, we must avoid the conclusions derived from subtly presupposing time-asymmetric notions.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
Periodically, these patterns are evaluated in terms the principles of minimum length encoding and the repository of Old patterns may be purged of patterns that are least useful in those terms.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
As discussed in §3.2, we have reexamined the B05 central image identifications, purged those which do not fit well with the rest, and identified a new central image candidate (28c) which we include in our model.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
As a consequence, reducing w0 with the aim of purging illegitimate coincidences, actually achieves just the opposite.
A "Spoof Loophole" Contra Nonlocality
The cl_rm is then issued to purge the ps_output files from each of the cluster nodes.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The luminosity functions and cosmic SFR density calculations in the next Section were obtained from the “AGN-purged” sample.
Spitzer view on the evolution of star-forming galaxies from z=0 to z~3
An idea to purge the vessel with clean argon gas prior to liquid fill is being tested at Fermilab now with studies continuing in the upcoming year . A very massive detector will have signal wires as long as tens of meters.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
Concerning the first stage of the measurement process, we assume that the fluid has been purged of neutrino-capture products at the start time tS, and that the new capture products are extracted at the end time tE.
Analysis and packaging of radiochemical solar neutrino data. 1. Bayesian approach
Unfortunately, Calypso purged the measured coordinates of the feature “Circle1”.
Practical Way to Measure Large-Scale 2D Surfaces Using Repositioning on Coordinate-Measuring Machines
Before cooling, the target is pumped, purged and then filled to its operating pressure of 30 psia, as determined by pressure gauge P3.
A High Power Hydrogen Target for Parity Violation Experiments
Presently, techniques are under investigation for purging incompressible dust grains from the etalon air gap.
Classical Spectroscopy
The experiment described in the previous section was unsuited for measurements in the infrared because it was set up in air. A second experiment in a purged environment was therefore carried out to measure the intensity of lines in the infrared.
Accurate transition rates for the 5p - 5s transitions in Kr I
The entire imaging system was enclosed in a purge box that was continuously purged with water vapor and carbon dioxide free air to suppress absorption by these gases in the near infrared.
Accurate transition rates for the 5p - 5s transitions in Kr I
The experimental setup for the measurements with the NIST 2m – Fourier transform spectrometer was identical but the imaging system was enclosed in a box that was purged with water vapor- and carbon dioxide- free air.
Accurate transition rates for the 5p - 5s transitions in Kr I
The facilities development plan calls for a new fan system to be installed for permanent operations, while the Oro Hondo fan will be repositioned and reserved for emergency laboratory purging needs.
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