• WordNet 3.6
    • v purge excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body) "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"
    • v purge eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth "After drinking too much, the students vomited","He purged continuously","The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
    • v purge rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid "flush the wound with antibiotics","purge the old gas tank"
    • v purge rid of impurities "purge the water","purge your mind"
    • v purge make pure or free from sin or guilt "he left the monastery purified"
    • v purge clear of a charge
    • v purge oust politically "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"
    • n purge an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place "he died in a purge by Stalin"
    • n purge an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
    • n purge the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Purge That which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic.
    • Purge The act of purging. "The preparative for the purge of paganism of the kingdom of Northumberland."
    • Purge To become pure, as by clarification.
    • Purge To clarify; to defecate, as liquors.
    • Purge To cleanse, clear, or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign, or superfluous. "Till fire purge all things new."
    • Purge (Law) To clear from accusation, or the charge of a crime or misdemeanor, as by oath or in ordeal.
    • Purge To clear from guilt, or from moral or ceremonial defilement; as, to purge one of guilt or crime. "When that he hath purged you from sin.""Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean."
    • Purge To clear of sediment, as a boiler, or of air, as a steam pipe, by driving off or permitting escape.
    • Purge To have or produce frequent evacuations from the intestines, as by means of a cathartic.
    • Purge (Med) To operate on as, or by means of, a cathartic medicine, or in a similar manner.
    • Purge To remove in cleansing; to deterge; to wash away; -- often followed by away. "Purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.""We 'll join our cares to purge away
      Our country's crimes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purge To cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign, or superfluous; cleanse; clean, or clean out.
    • purge To remove by some cleansing or purifying process or operation; clear or wash away: often followed by away and off.
    • purge To clear from moral defilement or guilt: in this and next sense often followed by of or from.
    • purge To clear from accusation of a crime, as by ordeal, or from charge of contempt, as by oath showing that there was no wrong intent; free from taint or suspicion of crime.
    • purge To clarify; defecate, as liquors.
    • purge To operate on by or as by means of a cathartic.
    • purge To void.
    • purge To trim.
    • purge To become pure by clarification.
    • purge To take a purge; produce evacuations from the intestines by means of a cathartic.
    • purge To be cleansed or purified by the escape of certain gases, as a lake or river. See purging, 2.
    • n purge The act of purging; purgation.
    • n purge Anything that purges; specifically, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic.
    • purge To vomit.
    • n purge A plant of Virginia, probably Trinsteum perfoliatum, the root of which was used as a purgative by the aborigines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Purge purj to make pure: to carry off whatever is impure or superfluous: to clear from guilt or from accusation: to evacuate, as the bowels: to trim, dress, prune: to clarify, as liquors
    • v.i Purge to become pure by clarifying: to have frequent evacuations
    • n Purge act of purging: a medicine that purges
    • n Purge a medicine that evacuates
    • n Purge (R.C.) a place or state in which souls are after death purified from venial sins: any kind or state of suffering for a time
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. purger, L. purgare,; purus, pure + agere, to make, to do. See Pure, and Agent


In literature:

He that readeth even one foot, with belief, hath his sins entirely purged away.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
I shall today, on the field, purge thy heart of all desire of battle.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
She melted the souls of thousands, and purged the craft of money getting.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Thus was Oxford purged of heresy.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
All these facts may be easily observed by any one, who takes a brisk purge.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
I know that to make myself a capable man I've purged myself of all the sins ...
"Waste" by Granville Barker
Faulty and erring as we are, we always rise from Mr. Conrad's books purged and, for the moment, strengthened.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
The Quaker names our interpreter an inner light, the Church a Holy Ghost to purge the heart and eye.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
To purge these from society it was necessary that the criminal laws should be strictly enforced.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Purge thy servant of his rebellion.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge

In poetry:

I'll purge my family around,
And make the wicked flee;
So shall my house be ever found
A dwelling fit for thee.
"Psalm 101" by Isaac Watts
I ask not how remote the day
Nor what the sinner's woe
Before their dross is purged away,
Enough for me to know
"A Word To The Calvinists" by Anne Bronte
For "Truth for Truth" and "Art for Art"
And Song for the sake of Song,
Must wait the turn of the breaking heart,
Till Bacchus purges Wrong.
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
O my flame my pleasing pain
Burn and purify my stain,
Warm me, burn me, day by day
'Till you purge my earth away,
'Till at the last I throughly shine
And turn a torch of love divine.
"The Convert's Love" by Thomas Parnell
Ah, but would that men,
With eyelids purged by tears,
Saw, and heard again
With consecrated ears,
All the clamour, all the splendour, all the slain,
All the lights and sounds of war, the fates and fears;
"Ode On The Insurrection In Candia" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Abu Midjan arose; he flung aside
The clanking fetters, and thus he cried:
"If thou give me to God and his decrees,
Nor purge my sin with the shame of these,
Wrath against me I dare not store:
In the name of Allah, I drink no more!"
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald

In news:

Purging clears material out of conveying lines to keep them from plugging.
Lately — as a consumer, not a reporter — I've been purging my inbox.
This month?s solution purges block attributes from any number of drawings.
Florida's voter purge is unlikely to resume as the state's elections supervisors continue to oppose the campaign initiated by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Voter Purge Notices, Karen Snyder, K2radio.
WILMONT — The Wilshire-Montana Neighborhood Coalition announced Friday it would stand by its decision to purge its membership of an opposition group that tried to dominate the coalition's elections in June.
'Potentially Deceased' Voters Can no Longer be Purged from Texas Rolls.
The Anti-Communist Purge under Truman and Eisenhower, H. Stuart Hughes charges me with having failed to signal which victims of the purge were actually Communists.
Letter Regarding Proposed Purge .
Secretary of State Allows Voters To Purge Roles.
This patented design uses low-pressure air from the convey blowers and purges the material from the cavity between the shroud and the housing plates.
States are prohibited from purging the voter rolls 90 days before a federal election, and Florida is holding a primary on Aug 14.
The department also said that the state was relying on flawed lists to conduct its purge .
Crystal Vu Plus Mask With Purge .
The gases are purged by a continuous supply of fresh air.

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