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noun
Gorget  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.
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. "Unfix the gorget's iron clasp."
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.
4.
A ruff worn by women. (Obs.)
5.
(Surg.)
(a)
A cutting instrument used in lithotomy.
(b)
A grooved instrunent used in performing various operations; called also blunt gorget.
6.
(Zool.) A crescent-shaped, colored patch on the neck of a bird or mammal.
Gorget hummer (Zool.), a humming bird of the genus Trochilus. See Rubythroat.






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"Gorget" Quotes from Famous Books



... were not crossed—the hands were not clasped; but were joined as in prayer. Sir Reginald had not died in battle. Above the head of the sleeping warrior, hung his gorget, and his helmet, with its beaver, and vizor open; and the banner he himself had won, on the field of Shrewsbury, heavily shook its thick folds in the air. The fading colours on the surcoat of the recumbent knight, still faintly showed the lilies and leopards of England;—and ...
— A Love Story • A Bushman

... the tide came straining from the Lido, In a sea of flame our gondola flickered like a sword, Venice lay abroad builded like beauty's credo, Smouldering like a gorget on the breast of the Lord: Did she mourn for fame foredoomed or passion shattered That with a sudden impulse she gathered at my side? But when I spoke the ancient fates were flattered, Chill there crept ...
— Lundy's Lane and Other Poems • Duncan Campbell Scott

... helmet is shown in Fig. 5. This helmet has a movable vizor in the front that can be lifted up, a crest on top, and around the neck a narrow gorget which rests upon the wearer's shoulders. The whole helmet with the exception of the vizor, should be modeled and made in one piece. The vizor can then be made and put in place with a brass-headed nail on each ...
— The Boy Mechanic: Volume 1 - 700 Things For Boys To Do • Popular Mechanics

... dismal seclusion, silently the hermit confronted the minstrel; his gray hair, eyes, and beard all gleaming, as if streaked with phosphorus; while his ghastly gorget grinned ...
— Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. II (of 2) • Herman Melville



Words linked to "Gorget" :   body armour, body armor, armour plate, suit of armor, plate armor



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