gorge

A gorge is a very deep crevice between two mountains or hills. Gorges are formed by rivers running through and eroding rock over a very long period of time.

The Latin root of gorge means "throat," leading to both the "narrow passage" meaning and the French gorgier, "to swallow," which influenced the verb version of gorge, "to overeat." You may love to gorge on ice cream, but the stomachache afterword won't be very pleasant. To remember the "canyon" meaning, think of the famous upstate New York bumper sticker, “Ithaca is gorges.” It's a play on gorgeous, meaning beautiful, and the beautiful ravines in the area.

Primary Meanings of gorge

1.
n
a deep ravine (usually with a river running through it)
2.
v
overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
Full Definitions of gorge
1

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

Examples:
Cataract Canyon
a tributary of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
the enormous gorge of the Colorado River in northern Arizona
Olduvai Gorge
a gorge in northeastern Tanzania where anthropologists have found some of the earliest human remains
Types:
flume, gulch
a narrow gorge with a stream running through it
Type of:
ravine
a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)

n a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)

Synonyms:
defile
Type of:
mountain pass, notch, pass
the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

n the passage between the pharynx and the stomach

Synonyms:
esophagus, gullet, oesophagus
Type of:
passage, passageway
a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass
muscle system, muscular structure, musculature
the muscular system of an organism
2

v overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

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