- to drive off (undesirable gases) from a furnace or stove.
- to free (a furnace or stove) of undesirable gases.
Origin of purge
OTHER WORDS FROM purgepurge·a·ble, adjectivepurg·er, nounun·purge·a·ble, adjectiveun·purged, adjective
How to use purge in a sentence
Of course, Mr Kim has no qualms about organising purges of his own.The Women Behind the Throne in North Korea's 'Empire of Horror'|The Telegraph|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The purges continued, albeit less dramatically, through the fall of last year.
It all started with her leftist father, who barely avoided the purges of the 1970s.
Purges must go too far, because extreme capriciousness is what stops the frenzy.
Especially if the first invasion from Aptor took place just before, and probably caused, the purges.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
Purges and diuretics of different kinds affording him no relief, my assistance was desired.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses|William Withering
Pur′ger, a person or thing that purges; Pur′ging, act of cleansing or clearing.
Vomits of white hellebore or antimony, and purges of black hellebore or aloes, are prescribed.Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles|Daniel Hack Tuke
Those who adopt this view of its action aver that Colchicum acts best when it purges freely.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
British Dictionary definitions for purge
- to empty (the bowels) by evacuation of faeces
- to cause (a person) to evacuate his bowels
- to clear (a person) of a charge
- to free (oneself) of guilt, as by atonementto purge contempt