G to Gage
1. G is the seventh letter of the English alphabet, and a vocal consonant. It has two sounds; one simple,
as in gave, go, gull; the other compound as in gem, gin, dingy. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 231-6,
155, 176, 178, 179, 196, 211, 246.
The form of G is from the Latin, in the alphabet which it first appeared as a modified form of C. The
name is also from the Latin, and probably comes to us through the French. Etymologically it is most
closely related to a c hard, k y, and w; as in corn, grain, kernel; kin L. genus, Gr. E. garden, yard; drag,
draw; also to ch and h; as in get, prehensile; guest, host (an army); gall, choler; gust, choose. See
2. (Mus.) G is the name of the fifth tone of the natural or model scale; called also sol by the Italians
and French. It was also originally used as the treble clef, and has gradually changed into the character
represented in the margin. See Clef. G&sharp (G sharp) is a tone intermediate between G and A.
(Gab) n. [Cf. Gaff.] (Steam Engine) The hook on the end of an eccentric rod opposite the strap.
See. Illust. of Eccentric.
Gift of gab, facility of expression. [Colloq.]
(Gab), n. [OE. gabbe gabble, mocking, fr. Icel. gabb mocking, mockery, or OF. gab, gabe; perh.
akin to E. gape, or gob. Cf. Gab, v. i., Gibber.] The mouth; hence, idle prate; chatter; unmeaning
talk; loquaciousness. [Colloq.]
(Gab), v. i. [OE. gabben to jest, lie, mock, deceive, fr. Icel. gabba to mock, or OF. gaber. See
2d Gab, and cf. Gabble.]
1. To deceive; to lie. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. To talk idly; to prate; to chatter. Holinshed.
(Gab"ar*age) n. A kind of coarse cloth for packing goods. [Obs.]
(Gab`ar*dine", Gab`er*dine") n. [Sp. gabardina; cf. It. gavardina, OF. galvardine, calvardine,
gavardine, galeverdine; perh. akin to Sp. & OF. gaban a sort of cloak or coat for rainy weather, F. caban
great coat with a hood and sleeves, It. gabbano and perh. to E. cabin.] A coarse frock or loose upper
garment formerly worn by Jews; a mean dress. Shak.
1. A liar; a deceiver. [Obs.]
2. One addicted to idle talk.
(Gab"ble) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gabbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Gabbling ] [Freq. of gab. See Gab,
1. To talk fast, or to talk without meaning; to prate; to jabber. Shak.
2. To utter inarticulate sounds with rapidity; as, gabbling fowls. Dryden.
1. Loud or rapid talk without meaning.
Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loudMilton.
Among the builders.