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gorge1

[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.
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Examples from the web for gorging
  • But in a culture gorging on self-help, psychological theories can be popularized in a flash.
  • They lie brazenly on the roads, fat and dazed from the gorging.
  • They've been gorging themselves at the trough for too long.
  • Finding where to block the actions of the proteins could keep people from gorging by keeping the stomach constrained.
  • Instead of gorging on cookies, the kids are nudged into eating apples.
  • They destroy ecosystems by gorging themselves, and starving other species.
  • He spends his days throwing shoes at his manservant and his nights gorging himself on the city's finest cuisine.
  • They spend the winter out on the frozen bay, gorging on seals to store up fat reserves for the following year's lean summer.
  • Evenings are spent gorging on cheese fondue and planning the next day's routes.
  • For instance, imagining eating chocolate wouldn't prevent you from gorging on cheese.
British Dictionary definitions for gorging

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 gorging

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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gorging 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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