Garter fish(Zoöl.), a fish of the genus Lepidopus, having a long, flat body, like the blade of a sword; the scabbard fish.Garter king-at- arms, the chief of the official heralds of England, king-at-arms to the Order of the Garter; — often abbreviated to Garter.Garter snake(Zoöl.), one of several harmless American snakes of the genus Eutænia, of several species (esp. E. saurita and E. sirtalis); one of the striped snakes; — so called from its conspicuous stripes of color.

(Gar"ter) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gartered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Gartering.]

1. To bind with a garter.

He . . . could not see to garter his hose.

2. To invest with the Order of the Garter. T. Warton.

(Garth) n. [Icel. garðr yard. See Yard.]

1. A close; a yard; a croft; a garden; as, a cloister garth.

A clapper clapping in a garth
To scare the fowl from fruit.

2. A dam or weir for catching fish.

(Garth), n. [Girth.] A hoop or band. [Prov. Eng.]

(||Ga"rum) n. [L., fr. Gr. ga`ros.] A sauce made of small fish. It was prized by the ancients.

(Gar"vie) n. (Zoöl.) The sprat; — called also garvie herring, and garvock. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

(Gas) n.; pl. Gases [Invented by the chemist Van Helmont of Brussels, who died in 1644.]

1. An aëriform fluid; — a term used at first by chemists as synonymous with air, but since restricted to fluids supposed to be permanently elastic, as oxygen, hydrogen, etc., in distinction from vapors, as steam, which become liquid on a reduction of temperature. In present usage, since all of the supposed permanent gases have been liquified by cold and pressure, the term has resumed nearly its original signification, and is applied to any substance in the elastic or aëriform state.

Syn.Garrulous, Talkative, Loquacious. A garrulous person indulges in long, prosy talk, with frequent repetitions and lengthened details; talkative implies simply a great desire to talk; and loquacious a great flow of words at command. A child is talkative; a lively woman is loquacious; an old man in his dotage is garrulous.

Gar"ru*lous*ly, adv.Gar"ru*lous*ness, n.

(Gar*ru"pa) n. [Prob. fr. Pg. garupa crupper. Cf. Grouper the fish.] (Zoöl.) One of several species of California market fishes, of the genus Sebastichthys; — called also rockfish. See Rockfish.

(Gar"ter) n. [OE. gartier, F. jarretière, fr. OF. garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw, Prov. garra leg. See Garrote.]

1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg.

2. The distinguishing badge of the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself.

3. (Her.) Same as Bendlet.

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