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ˈgɑr gɔɪlgar·goyle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gargoylenoun

    a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal

  2. gargoylenoun

    an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal


  1. gargoylenoun

    A carved grotesque figure on a spout which conveys water away from the gutters.

  2. gargoylenoun

    Any decorative carved grotesque figure on a building.

  3. gargoylenoun

    A fictional winged creature.

  4. gargoylenoun

    An ugly woman.


  1. gargoyle

    A gargoyle is a decorative, carved stone figure often found in Gothic architecture, typically on buildings and structures like churches or cathedrals. Its function is usually to serve as a water spout, designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of the building, thereby preventing rainwater from eroding the mortar between the stones. The designs of gargoyles range from realistic to fanciful, often depicting humans, animals, or mythical creatures. The term "gargoyle" is sometimes used more loosely to refer to any grotesque carving in architecture, though properly speaking these are known as grotesques.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gargoylenoun

    a spout projecting from the roof gutter of a building, often carved grotesquely

  2. Etymology: [OE. garguilie, gargouille, cf. Sp. grgola, prob. fr. the same source as F. gorge throat, influenced by L. gargarizare to gargle. See Gorge and cf. Gargle, Gargarize.]


  1. Gargoyle

    In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque, usually made of granite, with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth. Gargoyles are usually an elongated fantastic animal because the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is thrown from the wall. When Gothic flying buttresses were used, aqueducts were sometimes cut into the buttress to divert water over the aisle walls.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gargoyle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gargoyle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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