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gore1

[gawr, gohr]
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noun
  1. blood that is shed, especially when clotted.
  2. murder, bloodshed, violence, etc.: That horror movie had too much gore.
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Origin of gore1

before 900; Middle English; Old English gor dung, dirt; cognate with Dutch goor, Old High German gor filth

gore2

[gawr, gohr]
verb (used with object), gored, gor·ing.
  1. to pierce with or as if with a horn or tusk.
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Origin of gore2

1350–1400; Middle English goren; see gore3

gore3

[gawr, gohr]
noun
  1. a triangular piece of material inserted in a garment, sail, etc., to give it greater width or a desired shape.Compare godet(def 1), gusset(def 1).
  2. one of the panels, usually tapering or shaped, making up a garment, as a skirt.
  3. a triangular tract of land, especially one lying between larger divisions.
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verb (used with object), gored, gor·ing.
  1. to make or furnish with a gore or gores.
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Origin of gore3

before 900; Middle English; Old English gāra corner (cognate with German Gehre gusset); compare Old English gār spear

Gore1

[gawr, gohr]
noun
  1. Albert Arnold, Jr.Al, born 1948, U.S. politician: vice president of the U.S. 1993–2001.
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Gore2

[gawr-ey, gohr-ey]
noun
  1. a city in W Ethiopia.
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Examples from the Web for gore

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  • No mutilation, no gore; just an effacement—prompt and absolute—'there wasn't any.'

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • Gore could not see, but as he writhed he knew he was in the grip of the pirate captain.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • But Quirl was heavier, and his arm harder, than Gore had supposed.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • But it did not knock out Gore, and Quirl had to pay dearly for his error.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • Stoddard is coming to take care of that man of hers that Gore beat up.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl


British Dictionary definitions for gore

gore1

noun
  1. blood shed from a wound, esp when coagulated
  2. informal killing, fighting, etc
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Word Origin

Old English gor dirt; related to Old Norse gor half-digested food, Middle Low German göre, Dutch goor

gore2

verb
  1. (tr) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk
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Word Origin

C16: probably from Old English gār spear

gore3

noun
  1. a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
  2. a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
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verb
  1. (tr) to make into or with a gore or gores
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Derived Formsgored, adjective

Word Origin

Old English gāra; related to Old Norse geiri gore, Old High German gēro

Gore

noun
  1. Al (bert) Jr. born 1948, US Democrat politician; vice president of the US (1993–2001); defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2000; leading environmental campaigner; shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change
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Word Origin and History for gore

n.1

Old English gor "dirt, dung, filth, shit," a Germanic word (cf. Middle Dutch goor "filth, mud;" Old Norse gor "cud;" Old High German gor "animal dung"), of uncertain origin. Sense of "clotted blood" (especially shed in battle) developed by 1560s.

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v.

c.1400, from Scottish gorren "to pierce, stab," origin unknown, perhaps related to Old English gar "spear" (see gar, also gore (n.2) "triangular piece of ground"). Related: Gored; goring.

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n.2

"triangular piece of ground," Old English gara, related to gar "spear" (see gar), on the notion of "triangularity." Hence also meanings "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular piece of cloth" (early 14c.).

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