One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object Cause to swell with blood, water, or another fluid.‘the river was engorged by a day-long deluge’
swollen, bloated, tumescent, dilated, engorged, enlarged, inflated, stretched, blown up, pumped out, pumped upView synonyms
- ‘If you have your patient strain, you can often recognize an external hemorrhoid as it is engorged with blood and everted.’
- ‘Once feeding is complete the tick is engorged with blood and will fall off.’
- ‘If your biceps are getting engorged with blood, you're not fully working your back.’
- ‘That taut feeling in your muscles when they're engorged with blood and fluids, where you can see every vein and you think that you muscles may explode - it's inspiring, right?’
- ‘This causes greater blood flow to the muscle, delivering more water to engorge the muscle cells with.’
- ‘This helps promote a pump - the full muscular sensation you get when your target muscles are engorged with blood and fluids - by ‘opening up’ your circulatory system.’
- ‘Sometimes the beating of her heart was so violent that everyone around could observe it; at autopsy it was seen to be engorged with fresh blood.’
- ‘Cal slipped easily through traffic that sat idly waiting to be engorged from one slow moving lane into another.’
- ‘The entire upper arm becomes engorged with oxygen-rich blood, creating a positive growth environment for both muscle groups.’
- ‘Following blood feeding, fully engorged mosquitoes were separated and thereafter continuously supplied with sucrose-saturated pads.’
- ‘This engorges your muscles with blood and improve nutrient delivery to muscle cells.’
- ‘Veins which are not designed to handle so much blood so become engorged and dilated, and occasionally burst.’
- ‘Yes, we had one day on a forest trail where we learned their nasty habit of attaching themselves to our skin and sucking our blood until they were so engorged that they dropped off, usually into our boots.’
- ‘Or perhaps water reminded them of floods, torrential rain, or raging engorged rivers.’
- ‘Ticks have three life stages (larva, nymph, and adult), each of which requires a different individual host on which they attach and engorge with blood before dropping off and metamorphosing to the next stage.’
- ‘Except when engorged by spring meltwater and ice, the Severn River empties serenely into Hudson Bay.’
- ‘If the pressure is not equalized by a larger volume of gas, the space will be filled by tissue engorged with fluid and blood.’
2engorge oneselfarchaic Eat to excess.
- ‘They latch on to bare skin and bury their heads deep in the flesh before engorging themselves to bursting point on fresh blood.’
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘gorge; eat or fill to excess’): from Old French engorgier ‘feed to excess’, from en- ‘into’ + gorge ‘throat’.
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