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GORGE, n. gorj. [L. gurges.]

1. The throat; the gullet; the canal of the neck by which food passes to the stomach.

2. In architecture, the narrowest part of the Tuscan and Doric capitals, between the astragal, above the shaft of the column, and the annulets.

3. In fortification, the entrance of the platform of any work.

4. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl.

GORGE, v.t. gorj. To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities. Hence,

1. To glut; to fill the throat or stomach; to satiate.

The giant, gorged with flesh---

GORGE, v.i. To feed.




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GORGE, n. gorj. [L. gurges.]

1. The throat; the gullet; the canal of the neck by which food passes to the stomach.

2. In architecture, the narrowest part of the Tuscan and Doric capitals, between the astragal, above the shaft of the column, and the annulets.

3. In fortification, the entrance of the platform of any work.

4. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl.

GORGE, v.t. gorj. To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities. Hence,

1. To glut; to fill the throat or stomach; to satiate.

The giant, gorged with flesh---

GORGE, v.i. To feed.


GORGE, n. [gorj; Fr. gorge; It. gorga, gorgia; Sp. gorja, the throat, and gorga, a whirlpool; gorgear, to warble; G. gurgel, whence gargle; L. gurges.]

  1. The throat; the gullet; the canal of the neck by which food passes to the stomach.
  2. In architecture, the narrowest part of the Tuscan and Doric capitals, between the astragal, above the shaft of the column, and the annulets. Encyc.
  3. In fortification, the entrance of the platform of any work. Encyc.
  4. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl. Shak.

GORGE, v.i.

To feed. Milton.


GORGE, v.t. [gorj.]

  1. To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities. Hence,
  2. To glut; to fill the throat or stomach; to satiate. The giant gorged with flesh. Addison.

Gorge
  1. The throat; the gullet; the canal by which food passes to the stomach.

    Wherewith he gripped her gorge with so great pain. Spenser.

    Now, how abhorred! . . . my gorge rises at it. Shak.

  2. To swallow] especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities.

    The fish has gorged the hook. Johnson.

  3. To eat greedily and to satiety.

    Milton.
  4. 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.

    Circle of the gorge (Math.), a minimum circle on a surface of revolution, cut out by a plane perpendicular to the axis. -- Gorge fishing, trolling with a dead bait on a double hook which the fish is given time to swallow, or gorge.

  5. A narrow passage or entrance

    ; as: (a)
  6. To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate.

    The giant gorged with flesh. Addison.

    Gorge with my blood thy barbarous appetite. Dryden.

  7. 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.
    Spenser.

  8. A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction; as, an ice gorge in a river.
  9. A concave molding; a cavetto.

    Gwilt.
  10. The groove of a pulley.

    Gorge circle (Gearing), the outline of the smallest cross section of a hyperboloid of revolution. -- Gorge hook, two fishhooks, separated by a piece of lead. Knight.

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Gorge

GORGE, noun gorj. [Latin gurges.]

1. The throat; the gullet; the canal of the neck by which food passes to the stomach.

2. In architecture, the narrowest part of the Tuscan and Doric capitals, between the astragal, above the shaft of the column, and the annulets.

3. In fortification, the entrance of the platform of any work.

4. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl.

GORGE, verb transitive gorj. To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities. Hence,

1. To glut; to fill the throat or stomach; to satiate.

The giant, gorged with flesh---

GORGE, verb intransitive To feed.

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