2. Inarticulate sounds rapidly uttered; as of fowls.
(Gab"bler) n. One who gabbles; a prater.
(Gab"bro) n. [It.] (Geol.) A name originally given by the Italians to a kind of serpentine, later
to the rock called euphotide, and now generally used for a coarsely crystalline, igneous rock consisting
of lamellar pyroxene (diallage) and labradorite, with sometimes chrysolite (olivine gabbro).
(Ga"bel) n. [F. gabelle, LL. gabella, gabulum, gablum; of uncertain origin. Cf.Gavel tribute.]
(O. Eng. Law) A rent, service, tribute, custom, tax, impost, or duty; an excise. Burrill.
He enables St. Peter to pay his gabel by the ministry of a fish.Jer. Taylor.
(Ga"bel*er) n. (O. Eng. Law) A collector of gabels or taxes.
(||Ga`belle") n. [F. See Gabel.] A tax, especially on salt. [France] Brande & C.
(Ga*belle"man) n. A gabeler. Carlyle.
(Gab`er*dine") n. See Gabardine.
(Gab"er-lun`zie) n. [Gael. gabair talker + lunndair idler.] A beggar with a wallet; a licensed
beggar. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
(Gab"ert) n. [Cf.F. gabare, Arm. kobar, gobar.] A lighter, or vessel for inland navigation.
(Ga"bi*on) n.[F., from It. gabbione a large cage, gabion, from gabbia cage, L. cavea. See
1. (Fort.) A hollow cylinder of wickerwork, like a basket without a bottom. Gabions are made of various
sizes, and filled with earth in building fieldworks to shelter men from an enemy's fire.
2. (Hydraul. Engin.) An openwork frame, as of poles, filled with stones and sunk, to assist in forming a
bar dyke, etc., as in harbor improvement.
(Ga`bi*on*ade") n. [F. gabionnade.]
1. (Fort.) A traverse made with gabions between guns or on their flanks, protecting them from enfilading
2. A structure of gabions sunk in lines, as a core for a sand bar in harbor improvements.
(Ga"bi*on*age) n. [F. gabionnage.] (Mil.) The part of a fortification built of gabions.
(Ga"bi*oned) p. a. Furnished with gabions.
(||Ga`bion`nade") n. See Gabionade.
(Ga"ble) n. A cable. [Archaic] Chapman.
(Ga"ble), n. [OE. gable, gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a building, prob. of German or
Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G. giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle; perh. akin to Gr. head,
and E. cephalic, or to G. gabel fork, AS. geafl, E. gaffle, L. gabalus a kind of gallows.] (Arch.) (a)
The vertical triangular portion of the end of a building, from the level of the cornice or eaves to the ridge
of the roof. Also, a similar end when not triangular in shape, as of a gambrel roof and the like. Hence: