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Gorges

Gorge
1. The throat; the gullet; the canal by which food passes to the stomach. Wherewith he gripped her gorge with so great pain. (Spenser) Now, how abhorred! . . . My gorge rises at it. (Shak)
2. A narrow passage or entrance; as: a defile between mountains.
The entrance into a bastion or other outwork of a fort; usually synonymous with rear.
3. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl. And all the way, most like a brutish beast,< e spewed up his gorge, that all did him detest. (Spenser)
4. A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction; as, an ice gorge in a river.
5. A concave molding; a cavetto.
6. The groove of a pulley. Gorge circle, the outline of the smallest cross-section of a hyperboloid of revolution. Gorge hook, two fishhooks, separated by a piece of lead.
Origin: f. Gorge, LL. Gorgia, throat, narrow pass, and gorga abyss, whirlpool, prob. Fr. L. Gurgea whirlpool, gulf, abyss; cf. Skr. Gargara whirlpool, go to devour. Cf. Gorget.
1. To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities. The fish has gorged the hook. (Johnson)
2. To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate. The giant gorged with flesh. (Addison) Gorge with my blood thy barbarous appetite. (Dryden)
Origin: f. Gorger. See gorge.


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