- 1A narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it.More example sentences
ravine, canyon, gully, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley; chasm, abyss, gulf; Southern English chine, bunny; Northern English clough, gill, thrutch; Scottish cleuch, heugh; North American gulch, coulee, flume; American Spanish arroyo, barranca, quebrada; Indian nullah, khud; South African sloot, kloof, donga• rare khor
- Their great pale grey slopes are breached all along the coast by a number of steep, rocky gorges with towering vertical walls.
- The hour-long flight takes in both sections of the Gregory National Park and passes over luxuriant river valleys, yawning gorges, rocky ravines and a chain of magnificent flattop sandstone mesas.
- The obstacles created by the highlands, valleys, and gorges found in the mountain regions fostered strong cultural and linguistic differences.
- 2 • archaic The throat.More example sentences
- Sinking his teeth into her gorge, he grotesquely tore her throat out.
- Still both not feeling 100%, Takuto coughing and with a hurting left knee and I with a sore gorge, we left Parral on a blue sky morning.
- 2.1 Falconry The crop of a hawk.More example sentences
- Of the roughage used for falcons in captivity, there are two kinds: plumage and cotton, the latter of which is generally in pellets about the size of hazelnuts, made of soft fine cotton, and conveyed into the hawk's gorge after supper.
- They are afterwards ejected from the mouth in somewhat of an egg-shape, and cleanse the gorge.
- 3A narrow rear entrance to a bastion, outwork, or other fortification.More example sentences
- Leaders of combat teams should know where to set up an ambush - on the roads and paths along cornices and gorges, on slopes forming entrances to gorges, in populated centers and so on.
- He then saw a group of soldiers pinned down at the entrance of the gorge.
- First, waves of US planes dropped more than 40 bombs on their positions, concentrated in the gorge that provides entrance to the city.
- 4A mass of ice obstructing a narrow passage, especially a river.More example sentences
- It is of record that fifty years ago an ice gorge formed near here.
- Like a gorge of ice in a river, once the first obstructing block breaks loose, the whole mass begins to move and the blockade is gone.
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- Eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food: they gorged themselves on Cornish cream teasMore example sentences
stuff, cram, fill; glut, satiate, sate, surfeit, overindulge, overfill, overeat• informal pigguzzle, gobble, bolt, gulp (down), swallow hurriedly, devour, wolf, cram• informal tuck into, put/pack away, demolish, polish off, scoff (down), down, stuff (down), murder, shovel down, stuff one's face (with), noshBritish • informal gollop, shift
- Instead, they will be too busy customising their character with hairstyles and tattoos, or getting fat by gorging on junk food.
- Again, it goes back to social expectation - being able to gorge on food has now become a sort of unconsidered fashion.
- It is said that he once excluded all other foods, gorging only on broccoli prepared in the Apician manner for an entire month.
one's gorge rises
- One is sickened or disgusted: the pork smelt rancid and his gorge roseMore example sentences
- But the fellow is so blaringly (sorry, glaringly) mendacious and so sickeningly politically correct - in short, so palpably a 21st century man - that my gorge rises.
- God, just when I try to think of more to say about the show, my gorge rises and I can't imagine that any network concerned about the quality of programming, would have canceled it.
- He may have to swallow his gorge, but unlike that of so many I see in the libertarian and patriot movements, at least his gorge rises.
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- You'll probably get more drops from the feeders and gorgers, they seem to drop stuff more often.
- When the gorger was found as a little kitten he was starving and has yet to stop eating.
- It was hypothesized that gorgers would have lower metabolic rates, more body fat, lower energy and higher fat intakes, and more pathological eating attitudes than non-gorgers.
Middle English (as a verb): from Old French gorger, from gorge 'throat', based on Latin gurges 'whirlpool'. The noun originally meant 'throat' and is from Old French gorge; sense 1 of the noun dates from the mid 18th century.