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[gawrj] /gɔrdʒ/
noun
1.
a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs.
2.
a small canyon.
3.
a gluttonous meal.
4.
something that is swallowed; contents of the stomach.
5.
an obstructing mass:
an ice gorge.
6.
the seam formed at the point where the lapel meets the collar of a jacket or coat.
7.
Fortification. the rear entrance or part of a bastion or similar outwork.
8.
Also called gorge hook. a primitive type of fishhook consisting of a piece of stone or bone with sharpened ends and a hole or groove in the center for fastening a line.
9.
the throat; gullet.
verb (used with object), gorged, gorging.
10.
to stuff with food (usually used reflexively or passively):
He gorged himself. They were gorged.
11.
to swallow, especially greedily.
12.
to choke up (usually used passively).
verb (used without object), gorged, gorging.
13.
to eat greedily.
Idioms
14.
make one's gorge rise, to evoke violent anger or strong disgust:
The cruelty of war made his gorge rise.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; (v.) Middle English < Old French gorger, derivative of gorge throat < Vulgar Latin *gorga, akin to Latin gurguliō gullet, throat, gurges whirlpool, eddy
Related forms
gorgeable, adjective
gorgedly
[gawr-jid-lee] /ˈgɔr dʒɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
gorger, noun
Synonyms
1. defile, ravine, notch, gap. 10. glut, cram, fill. 11. devour. 11, 13. bolt, gulp, gobble.

gorge2

[gawrj] /gɔrdʒ/
noun, Heraldry.
1.
gurge (def 2).
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Examples from the web for gorges
  • Rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, and splendid lakes offer countless outdoor activities.
  • Over rocks and cliffs, through mountain gorges that seemed impracticable, he fled and they followed.
  • There are also many foxes and some jackals in the small gorges around.
  • Divers in these waters swoop and hover in flooded gorges, alongside vertical walls and pinnacles that soar hundreds of feet.
  • The water tumbles over a cliff, then flows through a series of gorges which zigzag across the countryside.
  • You'll learn techniques to abseil down the sides of gorges, cross waterfalls and swim in mountain-side pools.
  • Ask another park visitor to take your picture near one of the scenic waterfalls or gorges in the region's state parks.
  • The area is known for its diverse landscape that includes scenic waterfalls, deep gorges and distinctive rock formations.
  • The land is populated by slender lakes, rocky gorges, stunning waterfalls and is overflowing with natural beauty.
  • Waterfalls and gorges attract nature lovers, and wineries are also abundant.
British Dictionary definitions for gorges

gorge

/ɡɔːdʒ/
noun
1.
a deep ravine, esp one through which a river runs
2.
the contents of the stomach
3.
feelings of disgust or resentment (esp in the phrase one's gorge rises)
4.
an obstructing mass: an ice gorge
5.
(fortifications)
  1. a narrow rear entrance to a work
  2. the narrow part of a bastion or outwork
6.
(archaic) the throat or gullet
verb
7.
(intransitive) (falconry) (of hawks) to eat until the crop is completely full
8.
to swallow (food) ravenously
9.
(transitive) to stuff (oneself) with food
Derived Forms
gorgeable, adjective
gorger, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gorger to stuff, from gorge throat, from Late Latin gurga, modification of Latin gurges whirlpool
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Word Origin and History for gorges

gorge

n.

mid-14c., "throat," from Old French gorge "throat, bosom," from Late Latin gurges "gullet, throat, jaws," of uncertain origin, probably related to Latin gurgulio "gullet, windpipe," from PIE *gwere- "to swallow." Transferred sense of "deep, narrow valley" was in Old French.

v.

"eat greedily," c.1300, from Old French gorger, from gorge (see gorge (n.)). Related: Gorged; gorging.

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gorges in Science
gorge
  (gôrj)   
A deep, narrow valley with steep rocky sides, often with a stream flowing through it. Gorges are smaller and narrower than canyons and are often a part of a canyon.
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