- a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein.
- fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault.
verb (used with object), gouged, goug·ing.
verb (used without object), gouged, goug·ing.
- goudy, frederic william,
- goujon, jean,
Origin of gouge
Examples from the Web for gouge
At court, Poggio once got into a brawl with a rival official and tried to gouge out his eyes.
Many a time Jesse would whip a slave, throw him down, and gouge his eyes out.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
In cutting, slant the chisel or gouge outwards at an angle of 45, thus /.A Manual of Wood Carving|Charles G. Leland
With the gouge and mallet the exostoses are carefully chiselled away.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for gouge
mid-14c., "chisel with a concave blade," from Old French gouge, from Late Latin gubia, alteration of gulbia "hollow beveled chisel," probably from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish gulban "prick, prickle," Welsh gylfin "beak").
1560s, "to cut with a gouge," from gouge (n.). Meaning "to force out with a gouge" (especially of the eyes, in fighting) attested by 1800. Meaning "swindle" is American English colloquial from 1826 (implied in plural noun gougers). Related: Gouged; gouging.