- 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.
Origin of gouge
Related Words for gougegash, cut, excavation, scratch, hollow, trench, scoop, score, notch, channel, furrow, shovel, dredge, tunnel, dig, scrape, burrow, claw, groove, excavate
Examples from the Web for gouge
Contemporary Examples of gouge
The spine of the Appalachian Mountains is being obliterated to gouge out the seams of black coal.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia
Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco
June 14, 2012
At court, Poggio once got into a brawl with a rival official and tried to gouge out his eyes.The Book That Changed the World
October 7, 2011
Historical Examples of gouge
Gouge out that fellow's eye, the one that's got you by the shoulder, master.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
You needn't try to gouge me out o' my rights because you're half-a-head taller.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
Fig. 31 is a detail of a kind of gouge work which you must all know very well.Wood-Carving
The gouge is a form of chisel, the blade of which is concave, and hence the edge curved.Handwork in Wood
A finisher can always alter the thickness of a gouge with emery paper.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books
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.