Gorget
Gorget Gor"get, n. [OF. gorgete, dim. of gorge throat. See {Gorge}, n.] 1. A piece of armor, whether of chain mail or of plate, defending the throat and upper part of the breast, and forming a part of the double breastplate of the 14th century. [1913 Webster]

2. A piece of plate armor covering the same parts and worn over the buff coat in the 17th century, and without other steel armor. [1913 Webster]

Unfix the gorget's iron clasp. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. A small ornamental plate, usually crescent-shaped, and of gilded copper, formerly hung around the neck of officers in full uniform in some modern armies. [1913 Webster]

4. A ruff worn by women. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

5. (Surg.) (a) A cutting instrument used in lithotomy. (b) A grooved instrunent used in performing various operations; -- called also {blunt gorget}. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) A crescent-shaped, colored patch on the neck of a bird or mammal. [1913 Webster]

{Gorget hummer} (Zo["o]l.), a humming bird of the genus {Trochilus}. See {Rubythroat}. [1913 Webster]


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  • gorget — [ gɔrʒɛ ] n. m. • 1757; de gorge ♦ Techn. 1 ♦ Rabot pour creuser les gorges. ⇒ bouvet. 2 ♦ Moulure plus petite que la gorge. ● gorget nom masculin (de gorge) Rabot pour faire les moulures appelées gorges. ● gorget (homonymes) nom masculin (de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Gorget — C est dans la Sarthe et le Loir et Cher que le nom est le plus répandu. On le rencontre aussi en Bourgogne, notamment dans l Yonne. On peut y voir un dérivé du mot gorge , mais le sens n est pas très clair. Mieux vaut envisager une variante… …   Noms de famille

  • gorget — armor for the throat, late 15c., from O.Fr. gorgete, dim. of gorge throat (see GORGE (Cf. gorge) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gorget — [gôr′jit] n. [ME < OFr gorgete < gorgiere: see GORGEOUS] 1. a piece of armor to protect the throat: see ARMOR 2. a collar 3. an article of clothing covering the neck and breast, formerly worn by women; wimple 4. a patch of color, often… …   English World dictionary

  • Gorget — For the feathers, see gorget (bird). The gorget shown in this 1772 portrait of Colonel George Washington by Charles Willson Peale, worn as part of Washington s uniform in the French and Indian War to symbolize his commission as an officer in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Gorget — Das Gorget (engl. ornamentale Halskette, Collier) ist eine Sonderform der Lunula aus der späten Bronzezeit (ca. 1200–600 v. Chr.) in Irland. Es besteht aus einem goldenen Halbmond mit dekorierten Scheiben an jedem Ende. Nur acht dieser Colliers… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gorget — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from gorge Date: 15th century 1. a piece of armor protecting the throat see armor illustration 2. a. an ornamental collar b. a part of a wimple covering the throat and shoulders c. a specially… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gorget — gorgeted, adj. /gawr jit/, n. 1. a patch on the throat of a bird or other animal, distinguished by its color, texture, etc. 2. a piece of armor for the throat. See diag. under armor. 3. a crescent shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck… …   Universalium

  • gorget — noun /ˈɡɔːʤɪt/ a) A piece of armour for the throat. b) A type of womens clothing covering the neck and breast; a wimple …   Wiktionary

  • gorget — A director or guide with wide groove for use in lithotomy. probe g. a g. with a probe pointed tip. * * * gor·get gȯr jət n a grooved instrument used esp. formerly to guide the direction of surgical incision in lithotomy * * * n. an instrument… …   Medical dictionary

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