• WordNet 3.6
    • n gorget armor plate that protects the neck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gorget (Zoöl) A crescent-shaped, colored patch on the neck of a bird or mammal.
    • Gorget (Surg) A cutting instrument used in lithotomy.
    • Gorget (Surg) A grooved instrunent used in performing various operations; -- called also blunt gorget.
    • Gorget A piece of armor, whether of chain mail or of plate, defending the throat and upper part of the breast, and forming a part of the double breastplate of the 14th century.
    • Gorget A piece of plate armor covering the same parts and worn over the buff coat in the 17th century, and without other steel armor. "Unfix the gorget's iron clasp."
    • Gorget A ruff worn by women.
    • Gorget A small ornamental plate, usually crescent-shaped, and of gilded copper, formerly hung around the neck of officers in full uniform in some modern armies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gorget A piece of armor protecting the throat and sometimes the upper part of the breast. When of chain-mail it usually formed part of the camail, and such a mail gorget remained in use even after the adoption of the breastplate of hammered steel. The plate gorget forms a part of the plastron in the armor of the fifteenth century. The latest form was the hausse-col. In later days it dwindled in size till it became the small badge of an officer on duty.
    • n gorget A variety of wimple in use in the fourteenth century. It was worn very tight and close.
    • n gorget An ornamental neck-band having a considerable breadth, especially in front.
    • n gorget In ornithology, a throat-patch in any way distinguished by the color or texture of the feathers. Also gorgelet.
    • n gorget In surgery, a grooved instrument used in operations for anal fistula and in lithotomy. It serves as a guide, and in some instances is furnished with a blade for cutting. Also gorgeret.
    • n gorget In archaeology, an object of stone or shell, flat, or convex on one side and concave on the other, and sometimes provided with perforations. Stone gorgets may have been used for a variety of purposes—as bracers, as supports for ornaments, as badges, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gorget a piece of armour for the throat: a military ornament round the neck (see Armour)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. gorgete, dim. of gorge, throat. See Gorge (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. gurges, a whirlpool.


In literature:

He had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a gorget of brass between his shoulders.
"Children of the Old Testament" by Anonymous
Another sun-angel, the Heliangelus Clarissae, has a deep ruby crimson gorget.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
A few disks have also been found which may have been portions of these gorgets.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
It is greenish above and has a violet gorget showing the white bases of the feathers.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Over the hair a gorget binding up the neck and chin.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Gorget, an ornamental collar for the neck: the Irish gorgets were mostly of gold.
"A Reading Book in Irish History" by P. W. Joyce
At my feet lay a casque the visor and gorget of which were turned up.
"The Casque's Lark" by Eugène Sue
I was obliged to hide it in my breast and to replace it with the one bought for me, the red gorget of the Imperialists.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
Lord Clifford, while taking off his gorget, owing to its having chafed his neck, was struck {29} by an arrow and killed.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
Doth the virgin forget her ornament, or the spouse her gorget?
"Old English Chronicles" by Various

In poetry:

Aloft on the hill,
A cloudrift opens and shines
Through a break in its gorget of pines,
And it dreams at my feet
In a sad, silvery sheet,
Utterly still.
"By An Autumn Stream" by Archibald Lampman
No gorget of steel rested on her bare bosom,
Where glittered a necklace of gems from the skies;
And girding her waist was the red band of sunset,
With light intertwined 'neath the glance of her eyes.
"Pro Patria: America, 1861" by Adah Isaacs Menken

In news:

Wintering in Eugene, a male Anna's hummingbird with a glowing gorget of feathers perches on vines thick with snow.