[gawr-ing, gor-]
noun Nautical.
the triangular area along a leech of a square sail, created by the presence of a gore.

1620–30; gore3 + -ing1

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[gair-ing, gur-; German gœ-ring]
Hermann Wilhelm [her-mahn vil-helm, hur-muhn-wil-helm; German her-mahn vil-helm] , 1893–1946, German field marshal and Nazi party leader.
Also, Goering.


2 [gawr, gohr]
verb (used with object), gored, goring.
to pierce with or as if with a horn or tusk.

1350–1400; Middle English goren; see gore3


3 [gawr, gohr]
a triangular piece of material inserted in a garment, sail, etc., to give it greater width or a desired shape. Compare godet ( def 1 ), gusset ( def 1 ).
one of the panels, usually tapering or shaped, making up a garment, as a skirt.
a triangular tract of land, especially one lying between larger divisions.
verb (used with object), gored, goring.
to make or furnish with a gore or gores.

before 900; Middle English; Old English gāra corner (cognate with German Gehre gusset); compare Old English gār spear

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gore1 (ɡɔː)
1.  blood shed from a wound, esp when coagulated
2.  informal killing, fighting, etc
[Old English gor dirt; related to Old Norse gor half-digested food, Middle Low German göre, Dutch goor]

gore2 (ɡɔː)
(tr) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk
[C16: probably from Old English gār spear]

gore3 (ɡɔː)
1.  a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
2.  a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
3.  (tr) to make into or with a gore or gores
[Old English gāra; related to Old Norse geiri gore, Old High German gēro]

Gore (ɡɔː)
Al(bert) Jr. born 1948, US Democrat politician; vice president of the US (1993--2001); defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2000; leading environmental campaigner; shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change

Göring or Goering (German ˈɡøːrɪŋ)
Hermann Wilhelm (ˈhɛrman ˈvɪlhɛlm). 1893--1946, German Nazi leader and field marshal. He commanded Hitler's storm troops (1923) and as Prussian prime minister and German commissioner for aviation (1933--45) he founded the Gestapo and mobilized Germany for war. Sentenced to death at Nuremberg, he committed suicide
Goering or Goering

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gor "dirt, dung, shit," a Gmc. word (cf. M.Du. goor "filth, mud;" O.N. gor "cud;" O.H.G. gor "animal dung"), of uncertain origin. Sense of "clotted blood" (especially shed in battle) developed by 1563.

c.1400, from Scottish gorren "to pierce, stab," origin unknown, perhaps related to O.E. gar "spear" (see gar), which is certainly the source of the third meaning of Mod.Eng. gore, "triangular piece of ground" (O.E. gara), hence also "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular
piece of cloth" (early 14c.).
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Example sentences
When one bull finally got the other one down, he kept goring him until the hair flew.
He believes it's the only way to safeguard against the animal kicking, goring, or otherwise injuring people with whom they work.
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