[gur-ji-tey-shuh n]


a surging rise and fall; ebullient motion, as of water.

Nearby words

  1. gurdjieff,
  2. gurdjieff, george ivanovich,
  3. gurdwara,
  4. gurge,
  5. gurges,
  6. gurgle,
  7. gurglet,
  8. gurgling rale,
  9. gurindji,
  10. gurjun

Origin of gurgitation

1535–45; < Latin gurgitāt(us) (past participle of gurgitāre to engulf, derivative of gurgit-, stem of gurges whirlpool; see -ate1) + -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gurgitation



surging or swirling motion, esp of water

Word Origin for gurgitation

C16: from Late Latin gurgitātus engulfed, from gurgitāre to engulf, from Latin gurges whirlpool

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Word Origin and History for gurgitation



late 14c., from Late Latin gurgulationem (nominative gurgulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gurgitare "to engulf," from gurges (see gurges).

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