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Gall meaning

gall - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. The gall bladder.
  2. 2. The bitter, alkaline, viscid fluid found in the gall bladder, beneath the liver. It consists of the secretion of the liver, or bile, mixed with that of the mucous membrane of the gall bladder.
  3. 3. Anything extremely bitter; bitterness; rancor.
  4. 4. Impudence; brazen assurance.
  5. 5. An excrescence of any form produced on any part of a plant by insects or their larvae. They are most commonly caused by small Hymenoptera and Diptera which puncture the bark and lay their eggs in the wounds. The larvae live within the galls. Some galls are due to aphids, mites, etc. See Gallnut.
  6. 6. To impregnate with a decoction of gallnuts.
  7. 7. To fret and wear away by friction; to hurt or break the skin of by rubbing; to chafe; to injure the surface of by attrition; as, a saddle galls the back of a horse; to gall a mast or a cable.
  8. 8. To fret; to vex; as, to be galled by sarcasm.
  9. 9. To injure; to harass; to annoy; as, the troops were galled by the shot of the enemy.
  10. 10. To scoff; to jeer.
  11. 11. A wound in the skin made by rubbing.
  12. 12. Excrescence on the oak, produced by the puncture of an insect.
  13. 13. The bile; bitterness; rancor.
  14. 14. To hurt by chafing; annoy.

gall - examples of usage

  1. In all cases the gall bladder should be examined. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. Robert Gall of Kennethmont on one occasion shod seventy cattle to me in one day, near Perth, and no rope ever touched them in the field. - "Cattle and Cattle-breeders", William M'Combie.
  3. She slipped off the chair and quitted the room before her father could think of a suitable retort, and he sat smoking silently until the entrance of Mrs. Kingdom a few minutes later gave him an opportunity of working off a little accumulated gall. - "At Sunwich Port, Complete", W.W. Jacobs.
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