Dictionary: GAR'RET-ED – GASH

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Protected by turrets. Carex.


An inhabitant of a garret; a poor author.

GAR'RI-SON, n. [Fr. garnison; Arm. goarnison; Sp. guarnicon, a garrison, a flounce, furbelow or trimming, the setting of any thing in gold or silver, the guard of a sword, garniture, ornament; It. guernigione; Port. guarniçam; D. waarison. The French, English, Armoric, Spanish and Italian words are from garnish; the Dutch is from waaren, to keep, to guard, Eng. warren, and from this root we have warrant and guaranty, as well as guard and regard, all from one source. See Warren.]

  1. A body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town, to defend it against an enemy, or to keep the inhabitants in subjection.
  2. A fort, castle or fortified town, furnished with troops to defend it. Waller.
  3. The state of being placed in a fortification for its defense; as, troops laid in garrison. Spencer.

GAR'RI-SON, v.t.

  1. To place troops in a fortress for its defense; to furnish with soldiers; as, to garrison a font town.
  2. To secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops; as, to garrison a conquered territory.


Furnished with troops in a fort for defense.


Furnishing with troops in a fortress for defense.

GAR-ROTE', n. [Sp.]

A mode of punishment in Spain by strangulation, the victim being placed on a stool with a post behind, to which is affixed an iron collar with a screw; this collar is made to clasp the neck of the criminal, and drawn tighter by means of the screw, until life becomes extinct. Borrow.

GAR-RU'LI-TY, n. [L. garrulitas, from garrio, to prate; Gr. γαρυω, γηρυω; It. gairim; W. gair, a word. Class Gr. No. 2, 9, 15, 49.]

Talkativeness; loquacity; the practice or habit of talking much; a babbling or tattling. Ray.


Talkative; prating; as, garrulous old age. Thomson.


In a talkative manner.

GAR'TER, n. [Fr. jarretiere, from W. gar, Arm. garr, the leg, ham or shank.]

  1. A string or band used to tie a stocking to the leg.
  2. The badge of an order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the order of the garter, instituted by Edward III. This order is a college or corporation.
  3. The principal king at arms. Johnson.
  4. A term in heraldry, signifying the half of a bend. Encyc.

GAR'TER, v.t.

  1. To bind with a garter.
  2. To invest with the order of the garter. Warton.


Bound with a garter.


A fish having a long depressed body, like the blade of a sword; the Lepidopus. Dict. of Nat. Hist.


Tying with a garter.


An American serpent, the Coluber Sirtalis.

GARTH, n. [W. garz. See Garden.]

  1. A dam or wear for catching fish.
  2. A close; a little backside; a yard; a croft; a garden. [Not used.]

GA'RUM, n.

Pickle in which fish has been preserved.

GAS, n. [Sax. gast, G. geist, D. geest, spirit, ghost. The primary sense of air, wind, spirit, is to flow, to rush. Hence this word may be allied to Ir. gaisim, to flow; gasaim, to shoot forth, to gush; gast, a blast of wind. It may also be allied to yeast, – which see.]

In chimistry, a permanently elastic aeriform fluid, or a substance reduced to the state of an aeriform fluid by its permanent combination with caloric. Gases are invisible except when colored, which happens in two or three instances.


A native of Gascony in France.

GAS-CON-ADE', n. [Fr. from Gascon, an inhabitant of Gascony, the people of which are noted for boasting.]

A boast or boasting; a vaunt; a bravado; a bragging. Swift.

GAS-CON-ADE', v.i.

To boast; to brag; to vaunt; to bluster.


A great boaster.


In the form of gas or an aeriform fluid.

GASH, n. [I know not through what channel we have received this word. It may be allied to chisel. See Class Gs, No. 5, 6, 12, 28.]

A deep and long cut; an incision of considerable length, particularly in flesh. Milton.