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


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.


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. See Illust. of Bastion.


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.


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. Gwilt.

6. (Naut.)

The groove of a pulley.

Gorge circle (Gearing), the outline of the smallest cross section of a hyperboloid of revolution. --
Gorge hook, two fishhooks, separated by a piece of lead. Knight.


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


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

The fish has gorged the hook.


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

The giant gorged with flesh.

Gorge with my blood thy barbarous appetite.


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Gorge, v. i.

To eat greedily and to satiety. Milton.


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Gorge, n. (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.

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.


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