Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Go-between noun An intermediate agent; a broker; a procurer; -- usually in a disparaging sense. Shak.

Go-by noun A passing without notice; intentional neglect; thrusting away; a shifting off; adieu; as, to give a proposal the go-by .

Some songs to which we have given the go- by .
Prof. Wilson.

Go-devil noun (Machinery) (a) A weight which is dropped into a bore, as of an oil well, to explode a cartridge previously lowered. (b) A device, as a loosely fitted plug, which is driven through a pipe by the pressure of the contents behind the plug to clear away obstructions. (c) A rough sled or dray used for dragging logs, hauling stone, etc. [ Local, U. S.]

Goa powder [ So called from Goa , on the Malabar coast, whither it was shipped from Portugal.] A bitter powder (also called araroba ) found in the interspaces of the wood of a Brazilian tree ( Andira araroba ) and used as a medicine. It is the material from which chrysarobin is obtained.

Goad noun [ Anglo-Saxon gād ; perhaps akin to Anglo-Saxon gār a dart, and English gore . See Gore , transitive verb ] A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.

The daily goad urging him to the daily toil.
Macaulay.

Goad transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Goaded ; present participle & verbal noun Goading .] To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.

That temptation that doth goad us on.
Shak.

Syn. -- To urge; stimulate; excite; arouse; irritate; incite; instigate.

Goaf ; noun ; plural Goafs or Goaves . [ Confer lst Gob .] (Mining) That part of a mine from which the mineral has been partially or wholly removed; the waste left in old workings; -- called also gob .

To work the goaf or gob , to remove the pillars of mineral matter previously left to support the roof, and replace them with props. Ure.

Goal noun [ French gaule pole, Prov. French waule , of German origin; confer Fries. walu staff, stick, rod, Goth. walus , Icelandic völr a round stick; probably akin to English wale .]


1. The mark set to bound a race, and to or around which the constestants run, or from which they start to return to it again; the place at which a race or a journey is to end.

Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal
With rapid wheels.
Milton.

2. The final purpose or aim; the end to which a design tends, or which a person aims to reach or attain.

Each individual seeks a several goal .
Pope.

3. A base, station, or bound used in various games; in football, a line between two posts across which the ball must pass in order to score; also, the act of kicking the ball over the line between the goal posts.

Goal keeper , the player charged with the defense of the goal.

Goar noun Same as lst Gore .

Goarish adjective Patched; mean. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.

Goat (gōt) noun [ OE goot , got , gat , Anglo-Saxon gāt ; akin to Dutch geit , Old High German geiz , German geiss , Icelandic geit , Swedish get , Danish ged , Goth. gaits , Latin haedus a young goat, kid.] (Zoology) A hollow-horned ruminant of the genus Capra , of several species and varieties, esp. the domestic goat ( C. hircus ), which is raised for its milk, flesh, and skin.

» The Cashmere and Angora varieties of the goat have long, silky hair, used in the manufacture of textile fabrics. The wild or bezoar goat ( Capra ægagrus ), of Asia Minor, noted for the bezoar stones found in its stomach, is supposed to be one of the ancestral species of the domestic goat. The Rocky Mountain goat ( Haplocercus montanus ) is more nearly related to the antelopes. See Mazame .

Goat antelope (Zoöl) , one of several species of antelopes, which in some respects resemble a goat, having recurved horns, a stout body, large hoofs, and a short, flat tail, as the goral, thar, mazame, and chikara. -- Goat fig (Botany) , the wild fig. -- Goat house . (a) A place for keeping goats. (b) A brothel. [ Obsolete] -- Goat moth (Zoology) , any moth of the genus Cossus , esp. the large European species ( C. ligniperda ), the larva of which burrows in oak and willow trees, and requires three years to mature. It exhales an odor like that of the he-goat. -- Goat weed (Botany) , a scrophulariaceous plant, of the genus Capraria ( C. biflora ). -- Goat's bane (Botany) , a poisonous plant ( Aconitum Lucoctonum ), bearing pale yellow flowers, introduced from Switzerland into England; wolfsbane. -- Goat's beard (Botany) , a plant of the genus Tragopogon ; -- so named from the long silky beard of the seeds. One species is the salsify or oyster plant. -- Goat's foot (Botany) , a kind of wood sorrel ( Oxalis caprina ) growing at the Cape of Good Hope. -- Goat's rue (Botany) , a leguminous plant ( Galega officinalis of Europe, or Tephrosia Virginiana in the United States). -- Goat's thorn (Botany) , a thorny leguminous plant ( Astragalus Tragacanthus ), found in the Levant. -- Goat's wheat (Botany) , the genus Tragopyrum (now referred to Atraphaxis ).

Goatee noun A part of a man's beard on the chin or lower lip which is allowed to grow, and trimmed so as to resemble the beard of a goat.

Goatfish noun (Zoology) A fish of the genus Upeneus , inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico. It is allied to the surmullet.

Goatherd noun One who tends goats. Spenser.

Goatish adjective Characteristic of a goat; goatlike.

Give your chaste body up to the embraces
Of goatish lust.
Massinger.

-- Goat"ish*ly , adverb -- Goat"ish*ness , noun

Goatlike adjective Like a goat; goatish.

Goatskin noun The skin of a goat, or leather made from it. -- adjective Made of the skin of a goat.

Goatsucker noun (Zoology) One of several species of insectivorous birds, belonging to Caprimulgus and allied genera, esp. the European species ( Caprimulgus Europæus ); -- so called from the mistaken notion that it sucks goats. The European species is also goat-milker , goat owl , goat chaffer , fern owl , night hawk , nightjar , night churr , churr-owl , gnat hawk , and dorhawk .

Goaves (gōvz) noun plural [ See Goaf , noun ] (Mining) Old workings. See Goaf . Raymond.

Gob (gŏb) noun [ Confer Goaf .] (Mining) Same as Goaf .

Gob noun [ Old French gob morsel; confer French gobe , gobbe , a poisoned morsel, poison ball, gobet a piece swallowed, gober to swallow greedily and without tasting; confer Gael. & Ir. gob mouth, snout, W. gwp a bird's head and neck. Confer Gobble , Job , noun ]
1. A little mass or collection; a small quantity; a mouthful. [ Low] L'Estrange.

2. The mouth. [ Prov. Eng.or Low] Wright.

Gobang noun [ Written also goban .] [ Jap. goban checkerboard, from Chino-Jap. go checker + ban board.] A Japanese game, played on a checkerboard, in which the object of the game is to be the first in placing five pieces, or men, in a row in any direction.

Gobbet noun [ Middle English & French gobet . See 2d Gob .] A mouthful; a lump; a small piece. Spenser.

[ He] had broken the stocks to small gobbets .
Wyclif.

Gobbet transitive verb To swallow greedily; to swallow in gobbets. [ Low] L'Estrange.

Gobbetly adverb In pieces. [ Obsolete] Huloet.

Gobbing noun [ See lst Gob .] (Mining) (a) The refuse thrown back into the excavation after removing the coal. It is called also gob stuff . Brande & C.

(b) The process of packing with waste rock; stowing.

Gobble transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Gobbled ; present participle & verbal noun Gobbling .] [ Freq. of 2d gob .]


1. To swallow or eat greedily or hastily; to gulp.

Supper gobbled up in haste.
Swift.

2. To utter (a sound) like a turkey cock.

He . . . gobbles out a note of self- approbation.
Goldsmith.

To gobble up , to capture in a mass or in masses; to capture suddenly. [ Slang]

Gobble intransitive verb
1. To eat greedily.

2. To make a noise like that of a turkey cock. Prior.

Gobble noun A noise made in the throat.

Ducks and geese . . . set up a discordant gobble .
Mrs. Gore.

Gobbler noun A turkey cock; a bubbling Jock.

Gobelin adjective Pertaining to tapestry produced in the so-called Gobelin works, which have been maintained by the French Government since 1667.

Gobemouche noun [ French] Literally, a fly swallower; hence, once who keeps his mouth open; a boor; a silly and credulous person.

Gobet noun See Gobbet . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Gobioid adjective [ New Latin Gobius + - oid .] (Zoology) Like, or pertaining to, the goby, or the genus Gobius . -- noun A gobioid fish.

Goblet noun [ French gobelet , Late Latin gobeletus , gobellus ; confer Latin cupa tub, cask. See Cupel .] A kind of cup or drinking vessel having a foot or standard, but without a handle.

We love not loaded boards and goblets crowned.
Denham.

Goblin noun [ Middle English gobelin , French gobelin , Late Latin gobelinus , from Greek ... knave, a mischievous goblin; or confer German kobold , English kobold , cobalt , Armor. gobilin an ignis fatuus, goblin.] An evil or mischievous spirit; a playful or malicious elf; a frightful phantom; a gnome.

To whom the goblin , full of wrath, replied.
Milton.

Gobline noun (Nautical) One of the ropes or chains serving as stays for the dolphin striker or the bowsprit; -- called also gobrope and gaubline .

Goblinize transitive verb To transform into a goblin. [ R.] Lowell.

Gobstick noun [ Gob mouth + stick .]
1. (Angling) A stick or device for removing the hook from a fish's gullet.

He . . . wrenched out the hook with the short wooden stick he called a " gobstick ."
Kipling.

2. A spoon. [ Prov. Eng. or Slang]

Goby noun ; plural Gobies . [ French gobie , Latin gobius , gobio , Greek ... Confer Gudgeon .] (Zoology) One of several species of small marine fishes of the genus Gobius and allied genera.

Gocart noun A framework moving on casters, designed to support children while learning to walk.

God adjective & noun Good. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

God (gŏd) noun [ Anglo-Saxon god ; akin to Old Saxon & Dutch god , Old High German got , German gott , Icelandic guð , goð , Swedish & Danish gud , Goth. gup , probably orig. a past participle from a root appearing in Sanskrit , past participle hūta , to call upon, invoke, implore. √30. Confer Goodbye , Gospel , Gossip .]
1. A being conceived of as possessing supernatural power, and to be propitiated by sacrifice, worship, etc.; a divinity; a deity; an object of worship; an idol.

He maketh a god , and worshipeth it.
Is. xliv. 15.

The race of Israel . . . bowing lowly down
To bestial gods .
Milton.

2. The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah.

God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John iv. 24.

3. A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard.

Whose god is their belly.
Phil. iii. 19.

4. Figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic power. [ R.] Shak.

Act of God . (Law) See under Act . -- Gallery gods , the occupants of the highest and cheapest gallery of a theater. [ Colloq.] -- God's acre , God's field , a burial place; a churchyard. See under Acre . -- God's house . (a) An almshouse. [ Obsolete] (b) A church. -- God's penny , earnest penny. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl. -- God's Sunday , Easter.

God transitive verb To treat as a god; to idolize. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Godchild noun One for whom a person becomes sponsor at baptism, and whom he promises to see educated as a Christian; a godson or goddaughter. See Godfather .

Goddaughter noun [ Anglo-Saxon goddohtor .] A female for whom one becomes sponsor at baptism.

Goddess noun
1. A female god; a divinity, or deity, of the female sex.

When the daughter of Jupiter presented herself among a crowd of goddesses , she was distinguished by her graceful stature and superior beauty.
Addison.

2. A woman of superior charms or excellence.

Gode adjective & noun Good. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Godelich adjective Goodly. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Godenly adverb In golden terms or a golden manner; splendidly; delightfully. [ Obsolete] Shak.