Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GORGE, n., v.1 Sc. usages:

I. n. Watery snow, esp. in a river (Rxb.5 1955). Cf. U.S. (ice-)gorge. an obstruction in a river caused by an accumulation of ice. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
The burn's full o' gorge.

II. v. 1. To choke up (a channel) with snow, ice, etc. (Ib.). Now always with up. Cf. Gurge. Gsw. 1756 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1911) 476:
[The ground] by the gorgeing of St Enochs burn . . . lyes most of the winter season under water.
Rxb. 1808 A. Scott Poems 31:
An' Greenside hop was gorg'd frae brae to brae.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
The burn's gorged up wi' ice an' snaw.

2. To plant (potatoes) too closely (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1914), gorj).

[O.Sc. has gorge, v., of ice, 1681, the sense of choke, stop up in gen., occurring from c.1500 (only from early 19th c. in Eng.).]

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