engorge
verb Etymology: Middle French engorgier, from Old French, to devour, from en- + gorge throat — more at gorge Date: 1515 transitive verb gorge, glut; especially to fill with blood to the point of congestion intransitive verb to suck blood to the limit of body capacity • engorgement noun

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  • engorgé — engorgé, ée (an gor jé, jée) part. passé. 1°   Obstrué. •   Canaux engorgés par la vase.... Ces honnêtes enfants Qui de Savoie arrivent tous les ans, Et dont la main légèrement essuie Ces longs canaux engorgés par la suie, VOLT. Pauvre diable..… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • engorgé — ⇒ENGORGÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de engorger. II. Adj. [Correspond à engorger B] A. [En parlant d un inanimé concr.] Qui est gêné par un engorgement. (Quasi )synon. bouché, obstrué. Un toit dont les gouttières sont engorgées… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Engorge — En*gorge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Engorged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Engorging}.] [Pref. en + gorge: cf. F. engorger to obstruct, cram.] 1. To gorge; to glut. Mir. for Mag. [1913 Webster] 2. To swallow with greediness or in large quantities; to devour.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Engorge — En*gorge , v. i. To feed with eagerness or voracity; to stuff one s self with food. Beaumont. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • engorge — 1510s, from Fr. engorger to obstruct, block, congest, O.Fr. engorgier to swallow, devour, from en (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + gorge throat (see GORGE (Cf. gorge)). Probably originally in reference to hawks. Related: Engorged; engorging …   Etymology dictionary

  • engorgé — Engorgé, [engorg]ée. part. pass. Il se dit aussi d un cheval dont les jambes sont pleines de mauvaises humeurs. Ce cheval a les jambes engorgées. On dit, que Des moulins sont engorgez, Quand l eau est si haute qu elle empesche les rouës de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • engorge — ► VERB (often be engorged) ▪ swell or cause to swell with blood, water, etc. DERIVATIVES engorgement noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «gorge oneself»: from Old French engorgier feed to excess …   English terms dictionary

  • engorge — [en gôrj′, ingôrj′] vt. engorged, engorging [Fr engorger < OFr < en , in + gorge, GORGE] 1. to gorge; glut 2. to devour greedily 3. Med. to congest (a blood vessel, tissue, etc.) with fluid, as blood, milk, etc. vi. to eat greedily; feed… …   English World dictionary

  • engorge — engorgement, n. /en gawrj /, v.t., v.i., engorged, engorging. 1. to swallow greedily; glut or gorge. 2. Pathol. to congest with blood. [1505 15; < MF engorger. See EN 1, GORGE] * * * …   Universalium

  • engorge — verb /ɪnˈɡɔːdʒ/ a) To devour something greedily, gorge, glut. b) To feed ravenously. See Also: disgorge …   Wiktionary

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