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 afterward 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.

Definitions of gorge
  1. noun
    a deep ravine (usually with a river running through it)
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    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
    flume, gulch
    a narrow gorge with a stream running through it
    type of:
    a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)
  2. noun
    a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
    synonyms: defile
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    type of:
    mountain pass, notch, pass
    the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
  3. noun
    the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
    synonyms: esophagus, gullet, oesophagus
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    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
  4. verb
    overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
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