(Gern) v. t. [See Grin.] To grin or yawn. [Obs.] "[/He] gaped like a gulf when he did gern."
(Ger"ner) n. A garner. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(||Ger`o*co"mi*a) n. [NL.] See Gerocomy.
(Ger`o*com"ic*al) a. Pertaining to gerocomy. Dr. John Smith.
(Ge*roc"o*my) n. [F. gérocomie, fr. Gr. an old man + to take care of.] That part of medicine
which treats of regimen for old people.
(||Ge*ron"tes) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. .] (Gr. Antiq.) Magistrates in Sparta, who with the ephori
and kings, constituted the supreme civil authority.
(Ger`on*toc"ra*cy) n. [Gr. an old man + to rule.] Government by old men. [R.] Gladstone.
(||Ger`o*pig"i*a) n. [Pg. geropiga.] A mixture composed of unfermented grape juice, brandy,
sugar, etc., for adulteration of wines. [Written also jerupigia.]
(-ger*ous) [L. -ger, fr. gerere to bear, carry. See Jest.] A suffix signifying bearing, producing; as,
(Ger`ry*man"der) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gerrymandered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Gerrymandering.]
To divide (a State) into districts for the choice of representatives, in an unnatural and unfair way, with a
view to give a political party an advantage over its opponent. [Political Cant, U. S.]
This was done in Massachusetts at a time when Elbridge Gerry was governor, and was attributed to his
influence, hence the name; though it is now known that he was opposed to the measure. Bartlett.
(Ger"und) n. [L. gerundium, fr. gerere to bear, carry, perform. See Gest a deed, Jest.] (Lat.
1. A kind of verbal noun, having only the four oblique cases of the singular number, and governing cases
like a participle.
2. (AS. Gram.) A verbal noun ending in -e, preceded by to and usually denoting purpose or end;
called also the dative infinitive; as, "Ic hæbbe mete tô etanne" (I have meat to eat.) In Modern English
the name has been applied to verbal or participal nouns in -ing denoting a transitive action; e. g., by
throwing a stone.
(Ge*run"di*al) a. Pertaining to, or resembling, a gerund; as, a gerundial use.
(Ge*run"dive) a. [L. gerundivus.] Pertaining to, or partaking of, the nature of the gerund; gerundial.
n. (Lat. Gram.) The future passive participle; as, amandus, i. e., to be loved.
(Ge*run"dive*ly), adv. In the manner of a gerund; as, or in place of, a gerund.
(Ger"y) a. [See Gerful.] Changeable; fickle. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ges"ling) n. A gosling. [Prov. Eng.]
(Gesse) v. t. & i. To guess. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Gest) n. A guest. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Gest) n. [OF. geste exploit. See Jest.]