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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But it was the same deep gorge - and it was on the other side of the lake!
▪ The falls were in a deep gorge.
▪ We're worried, so fear makes it a deep gorge.
▪ The cemeteries are laid out on sandy, wind-swept terraces high above the deep gorge.
▪ He was sitting on a bench near the top of the hill, overlooking the throw-yourself-off bridge and the deep deep gorge.
▪ Limestone reappears and is much in evidence when Hellgill Bridge is reached, this centuries-old structure spanning a deep gorge.
▪ Not far away a turgid and fast moving river rushed southward in narrow gorges.
▪ The late-afternoon sunlight ricocheted and reflected off the sandstone, illuminating the narrow gorge with a cool radiance.
▪ He built four massive towers, two on each side of the gorge, to support four cables.
▪ I saw a creek at one point, visible at the bottom of a gorge.
▪ It is well worth visiting just as a tourist or to do the five-hour walk along the bottom of the gorge.
▪ The wind blowing down the gorge was causing the boat to swing back and forth like a pendulum.
▪ There was the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, an almost sheer thousand-foot gorge with several sites for high dams.
▪ Town and canton rose in importance after the early thirteenth century when the bridging of the Schollenen gorge opened up the Cotthard.
▪ He knew he would gorge himself on curry and dal and then want to sleep.
▪ In the months to come, Mr Clinton will undoubtedly go on gorging.
▪ Just because we appear to be gorging ourselves on war coverage doesn't mean to say that we swallow it whole.
▪ Moms warn daughters of what comes of gorging on chips or chocolate.
▪ We enjoyed good wines at 75p a litre and gorging on fresh sardines and salads bought in the local market.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gorge \Gorge\, v. i. To eat greedily and to satiety.


Gorge \Gorge\, n. [F. gorge, LL. gorgia, throat, narrow pass, and gorga abyss, whirlpool, prob. fr. L. gurgea whirlpool, gulf, abyss; cf. Skr. gargara whirlpool, g[.r] to devour. Cf. Gorget.]

  1. The throat; the gullet; the canal by which food passes to the stomach.

    Wherewith he gripped her gorge with so great pain.

    Now, how abhorred! . . . my gorge rises at it.

  2. A narrow passage or entrance; as:

    1. A defile between mountains.

    2. The entrance into a bastion or other outwork of a fort; -- usually synonymous with rear. See Illust. of Bastion.

  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.

  4. A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction; as, an ice gorge in a river.

  5. (Arch.) A concave molding; a cavetto.

  6. (Naut.) The groove of a pulley.

  7. (Angling) A primitive device used instead of a fishhook, consisting of an object easy to be swallowed but difficult to be ejected or loosened, as a piece of bone or stone pointed at each end and attached in the middle to a line.

    Gorge circle (Gearing), the outline of the smallest cross section of a hyperboloid of revolution.

    Circle of the gorge (Math.), a minimum circle on a surface of revolution, cut out by a plane perpendicular to the axis.

    Gorge fishing, trolling with a dead bait on a double hook which the fish is given time to swallow, or gorge.

    Gorge hook, two fishhooks, separated by a piece of lead.


Gorge \Gorge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gorged; p. pr. & vb. n. Gorging.] [F. gorger. See Gorge, n.]

  1. To swallow; especially, to swallow with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities.

    The fish has gorged the hook.

  2. To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate.

    The giant gorged with flesh.

    Gorge with my blood thy barbarous appetite.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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- (4) "to swallow" (see voracity). Transferred sense of "deep, narrow valley" was in Old French.


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


Etymology 1 n. 1 A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides; a ravine. 2 The throat or gullet. 3 That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl. 4 A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction. 5 (context architecture English) A concave moulding; a cavetto. 6 (context nautical English) The groove of a pulley. 7 (cx fishing English) A primitive device used instead of a hook, consisting of an object easy to swallow but difficult to eject or loosen, such as a piece of bone or stone pointed at each end and attached in the middle to a line. vb. 1 (context reflexive often followed by '''on''' English) To eat greedily and in large quantities. 2 To swallow, especially with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities. 3 To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate. Etymology 2

  1. (context UK slang English) gorgeous.

  1. n. a deep ravine (usually with a river running through it)

  2. a narrow pass (especially one between mountains) [syn: defile]

  3. the passage between the pharynx and the stomach [syn: esophagus, oesophagus, gullet]


v. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself; "She stuffed herself at the dinner"; "The kids binged on icecream" [syn: ingurgitate, overindulge, glut, englut, stuff, engorge, overgorge, overeat, gormandize, gormandise, gourmandize, binge, pig out, satiate, scarf out]

Gorge (disambiguation)

Gorge is an alternative name for a canyon.

Gorge may also refer to:

  • A primitive device used instead of a fishing hook, consisting of an object easy to swallow but difficult to eject or loosen, such as a piece of bone or stone pointed at each end and attached in the middle to a line
  • The throat or gullet (old English)
  • Gorge (mythology), a figure from Greek mythology
  • The rear face of a fort
Gorge (fortification)

A gorge in fortification construction is the rear part of an independent fieldwork or detached outwork in front of the main fortress or defensive position.

Towards the end of the 18th century, when the Vauban style of fortification was no longer wanted or able to be used (the cost of this type of fortification knew no bounds, because to reinforce it another ring of bastions had to be built around the existing one(s)), military construction engineers began instead to build self-contained outworks in front of fortresses (e.g. the polygonal system). These outworks were as a rule in the shape of a bow facing the likely enemy approach and designed primarily to defend attacks from that direction. The "chord" of the bow was only weakly fortified (the attacking artillery could not normally use it - an exception is e.g. Fort Douaumont, when after its capture by the Germans, the gorge was suddenly used by the enemy, i.e. the French) and hence the most vulnerable side of an outwork or fieldwork – hence the name "gorge". The design of an outwork or fieldwork was such that its gorge could still be reached from the fortress or main defensive position by artillery or rifle fire and could therefore still be covered by fire.

Gorge (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Gorge may refer to:

  • Gorge, a daughter of Oeneus and Althaea, and wife of Andraemon. Artemis changed her sisters into birds because of their constant mourning over the death of their brother Meleager, but spared Gorge and her sister Deianeira. Apollodorus says that according to Pisander, she was the mother of Tydeus by her father Oeneus, because " Zeus willed it that Oeneus should fall in love with his own daughter". Her son Thoas led the Aetolian contingent for the Greeks in the Trojan War.
  • Gorge, one of the Danaides. She married and murdered Hippothous, son of Aegyptus.
  • Gorge, a woman of Lemnos who slew Elymus the night Lemnian women killed their men.
  • Gorge, a Maenad in the retinue of Dionysus during his Indian campaign.

Usage examples of "gorge".

The lower lip curved outward, making a platform that abutted at the height of perhaps a hundred feet upon a sinister-looking gorge below.

Thoroughly let down, Alec stole a last resentful look at the keep looming over the gorge, then hurried away after the others.

According to Felicity, the ville of Amicus lay on the other side of the hills, through a narrow gorge running between them.

If, as has chanced to others--as chanced, for example, to Mangan-- outcast from home, health and hope, with a charred past and a bleared future, an anchorite without detachment and self-cloistered without self-sufficingness, deposed from a world which he had not abdicated, pierced with thorns which formed no crown, a poet hopeless of the bays and a martyr hopeless of the palm, a land cursed against the dews of love, an exile banned and proscribed even from the innocent arms of childhood--he were burning helpless at the stake of his unquenchable heart, then he might have been inconsolable, then might he have cast the gorge at life, then have cowered in the darkening chamber of his being, tapestried with mouldering hopes, and hearkened to the winds that swept across the illimitable wastes of death.

From the statue issued a great gasp of graying smoke, that clouded the apsis in which the throne stood and came gorging into the cella, obscuring the graven images along the walls.

Whereat I stood musing and commending to my selfe the ingenious and apt inuention of the Arthist, in the vse of such a stone, which of his owne nature to contrarie proportions affoorded contrarie coulers, and in such sort as by the raysing vp of hir small plummage aboue hir seare, hir beack halfe open, and hir toung appearing in the middest thereof, as if she had beene resolutely intended, and eagerly bent to haue gorged hir selfe vpon it.

I simply hauled the carcass back to the bothy, took the pelt, and gorged on the meat until I grew sick.

Forewarned of a cliff beyond the next hill, he veered a quarter-mile out of his way to reach a stream he followed up a steep but climbable gorge.

Drear shadows drooped and thickened above the Pass of Dariel,--that terrific gorge which like a mere thread seems to hang between the toppling frost-bound heights above and the black abysmal depths below,--clouds, fringed ominously with lurid green and white, drifted heavily yet swiftly across the jagged peaks where, looming largely out of the mist, the snow-capped crest of Mount Kazbek rose coldly white against the darkness of the threatening sky.

Sir Ferdinando Gorges was produced in court: the confessions of the earl of Rutland, of the lords Cromwell, Sandys, and Monteagle, of Davers, Blount, and Davies, were only read to the peers, according to the practice of that age.

After badly defeating the incoming 29th Division they took Wanting on May 8 and reached the deep gorge of the Salween just after the retreating Chinese destroyed the bridge.

An abrupt turn then led over rough ground, the lower folds of the Umm Furut, where a great granite gorge, the Nakb Abu Shar, ran up to a depression in the dorsum, an apparently practicable Col.

I held the Elderling light closer to the dragon, my gorge rising as I confirmed my suspicion.

With a wave of his hand he swept the clubhouse into a pine-crowned gorge, turning the waiters into a grim posse, and each listener into a blood-stained fugitive, climbing with torn fingers upon the ensanguined rocks.

I had passed through a narrow, overhanging gorge just before entering suddenly upon this table land, and the sight which met my eyes filled me with consternation and dismay.