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gambeson Tweet Definition of gambeson Like Definition of gambeson on Facebook
noun (plural: gambesons)
  1. A defensive garment formerly in use for the body, made of cloth stuffed and quilted.
  • 1786: Although the gambeson was chiefly worn under the coat of mail, to protect the body from being bruised by the strokes of the sword or lance, a circumstance that migh happen without a division of the mail, the verses quoted in the Siege of Karleverok, shew that it was sometimes worn as a fur coat, and ornamented with rich decorations. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 18.
garniture Tweet Definition of garniture Like Definition of garniture on Facebook
  1. Something that garnishes; a decoration, adornment or embellishment
gauntlet Tweet Definition of gauntlet Like Definition of gauntlet on Facebook
  1. (Armor) Protective armor for the hands.
  • 1786: The hands were defended by Gauntlets, these were sometimes of chain mail, but oftener of small plates of iron rivetted together, in imitation of the lobster's tail, so as to yield every motion of the hand, some gauntlets inclosed the whole hand, as in a box or case, others were divided into fingers, each finger consisting of eight or ten separate pieces, the inside gloved with buff leather, some of these reached no higher than the wrist, others to the elbow; the latter were stiled long armed gauntlets: many of them are to be seen in the Tower; for a representation of one of them, see plate 26, fig 6. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
    1. (archaic) two parallel rows of attackers who strike at a criminal as punishment
    2. simultaneous attack from two or more sides
    3. (figurative) any challenging, difficult, or painful ordeal, often one performed for atonement or punishment
gaze Tweet Definition of gaze Like Definition of gaze on Facebook
  1. A fixed look; a look of eagerness, wonder, or admiration; a continued look of attention.
  2. (archaic): The object gazed on.
verb (gaz, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To stare intently or earnestly.
In fact, for Antonioni this gazing is probably the most fundamental of all cognitive activities ... (from Thinking in the Absence of Image)
  1. (transitive) (poetic) To stare at.
    • 1667: Strait toward Heav'n my wondring Eyes I turnd, / And gaz'd a while the ample Skie " John Milton, Paradise Lost (book VIII)
glove Tweet Definition of glove Like Definition of glove on Facebook
  1. An item of clothing other than a mitten, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but allowing independent movement of the fingers.
I wore gloves to keep my hands warm.
The champ laced on his gloves before the big bout.
  1. (baseball) The ability to catch a hit ball.
Frederico had a great , but he couldn't hit a curveball, so he never broke into the pros.
verb (glov, ing)
  1. (context, baseball, transitive) To catch the ball in a baseball mitt
He gloved the line drive for the third out.
  1. (transitive) To put on a glove.
Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.
gorge Tweet Definition of gorge Like Definition of gorge on Facebook
  1. A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides; a ravine
  2. The throat or gullet
verb (gorg, ing)
  1. (context, reflexive, followed by on) To eat greedily and in large quantities.
They gorged themselves on chocolate and cake.
  1. (slang) Gorgeous.
Oh, look at him, isn't he gorge!
gorget Tweet Definition of gorget Like Definition of gorget on Facebook
  1. (context, historical) A piece of armour for the throat.
    • 1968: Hawkmoon whipped his sword from the scabbard, leaped forward, and drove the blade into the throat of the warrior just below his . " Michael Moorcock, The Mad God's Amulet (Gollancz 2003, p. 209)
      1. An ornament for the neck; a necklace, ornamental collar, torque etc.
    • 1917: Washington Irving, wikisource:The_Legend_of_Sleepy_Hollow, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - "There was ... the golden-winged woodpecker, with his crimson crest, his broad black , and splendid plumage ..."
greave Tweet Definition of greave Like Definition of greave on Facebook
  1. A piece of armour that protects the leg, especially the shin.
gules Tweet Definition of gules Like Definition of gules on Facebook
  1. (tincture) The blazoning term for red, e.g. on a coat of arms, typically represented in engraving by vertical parallel lines.
  1. (tincture) In blazon, of the colour red.
  • The symbol of the Red Cross is a cross .

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