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gargoyle


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gargoyle  \Gar"goyle\,  n.  [OE.  garguilie  gargouille  cf  Sp 
  g['a]rgola,  prob.  fr  the  same  source  as  F.  gorge  throat, 
  influenced  by  L.  gargarizare  to  gargle.  See  {Gorge}  and  cf 
  {Gargle},  {Gargarize}.]  (Arch.) 
  A  spout  projecting  from  the  roof  gutter  of  a  building,  often 
  carved  grotesquely.  [Written  also  {gargle},  {gargyle},  and 
  {gurgoyle}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gargoyle 
  n  1:  a  spout  that  terminates  in  a  grotesquely  carved  figure  of  a 
  person  or  animal 
  2:  a  grotesquely  carved  figure  of  a  person  or  animal 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Gargoyle 
 
  A  language  for  compiler  writing. 
 
  [J.V.  Garwick,  CACM  7(1):16-20,  (Jan  1964)]. 
 
  (1994-11-04) 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  GARGOYLE,  n.  A  rain-spout  projecting  from  the  eaves  of  mediaeval 
  buildings,  commonly  fashioned  into  a  grotesque  caricature  of  some 
  personal  enemy  of  the  architect  or  owner  of  the  building.  This  was 
  especially  the  case  in  churches  and  ecclesiastical  structures 
  generally,  in  which  the  gargoyles  presented  a  perfect  rogues'  gallery 
  of  local  heretics  and  controversialists.  Sometimes  when  a  new  dean 
  and  chapter  were  installed  the  old  gargoyles  were  removed  and  others 
  substituted  having  a  closer  relation  to  the  private  animosities  of  the 
  new  incumbents. 
 
 




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