- a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs.
- a small canyon.
- a gluttonous meal.
- something that is swallowed; contents of the stomach.
- an obstructing mass: an ice gorge.
- the seam formed at the point where the lapel meets the collar of a jacket or coat.
- Fortification. the rear entrance or part of a bastion or similar outwork.
- Also called gorge hook. a primitive type of fishhook consisting of a piece of stone or bone with sharpened ends and a hole or groove in the center for fastening a line.
- the throat; gullet.
- to stuff with food (usually used reflexively or passively): He gorged himself. They were gorged.
- to swallow, especially greedily.
- to choke up (usually used passively).
- to eat greedily.
- make one's gorge rise, to evoke violent anger or strong disgust: The cruelty of war made his gorge rise.
Origin of gorge1
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Examples from the Web for gorge
The Gorge has always been a hotbed of radicalism and arms smuggling, but now it is fast becoming a shahid factory.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
Will Cathcart, Vazha Tavberidze, Nino Burchuladze
October 27, 2014
The Gorge Amphitheatre plays host to the 3-day festival Sasquatch on the west coast in Washington.The Best Summer Music Festivals
May 19, 2014
And in the late afternoon, be sure to take a short hike to see the sun begin to set in the gorge.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
The town owes its unusual geography to the Rio Trejo, which eroded the gorge that the town is built in.The Spanish Fraggle Rock: Setenil de las Bodegas Is an Andalucian Town Built Under a Rock
January 2, 2014
All of which means banks and companies will be able to gorge on cheap short-term money for another year or two.Bernanke Lays Off the Gas Before Handing Yellen the Wheel
December 18, 2013
The scenery before the gorge of the river is reached is gloomy, but grand.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
To all this Robin listened, and as he listened his gorge rose.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The bottom of the gorge was leveled off with infinite labor.
The next instant he dropped lightly to the floor of the gorge.
The bottom of the gorge had all the appearance of a wartime camp.
- a deep ravine, esp one through which a river runs
- the contents of the stomach
- feelings of disgust or resentment (esp in the phrase one's gorge rises)
- an obstructing massan ice gorge
- a narrow rear entrance to a work
- the narrow part of a bastion or outwork
- archaic the throat or gullet
- (intr) falconry (of hawks) to eat until the crop is completely full
- to swallow (food) ravenously
- (tr) to stuff (oneself) with food
Word Origin and History for gorge
mid-14c., "throat," from Old French gorge "throat, bosom," from Late Latin gurges "gullet, throat, jaws," of uncertain origin, probably related to Latin gurgulio "gullet, windpipe," from PIE *gwere- "to swallow." Transferred sense of "deep, narrow valley" was in Old French.
"eat greedily," c.1300, from Old French gorger, from gorge (see gorge (n.)). Related: Gorged; gorging.
- A deep, narrow valley with steep rocky sides, often with a stream flowing through it. Gorges are smaller and narrower than canyons and are often a part of a canyon.