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v. purged, purg·ing, purg·es
a. To clear (a container or space, for example) of something unclean or unwanted: purge a water pipe of air.
b. To remove or eliminate (unwanted physical matter): purge the air from a water pipe.
a. To rid (a person or thing) of something unwanted: "He had purged his brain of grandiose and debilitating dreams" (Tom Junod).
b. To remove or eliminate (an unwanted element): attempts to purge indecent remarks from company email.
3. Law To clear (a person) of a charge or conviction.
a. To rid (a nation or political party, for example) of people considered undesirable.
b. To get rid of (people considered undesirable).
5. Medicine
a. To cause evacuation of (the bowels).
b. To induce evacuation of the bowels in (an individual).
6. Computers
a. To clear (a storage device) of unwanted data.
b. To delete (unwanted data) from a storage device.
1. Medicine To undergo or cause an emptying of the bowels.
2. To vomit or force oneself to vomit, especially as a symptom of an eating disorder.
1. The act or process of purging: a purge of unwanted files.
2. Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.
3. An instance of vomiting or of forcing oneself to vomit.

[Middle English purgen, from Old French purgier, from Latin pūrgāre, from pūrus, pure; see peuə- in Indo-European roots.]

purg′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purging - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
cleaning, cleansing, cleanup - the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"
abreaction, catharsis, katharsis - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
katharsis, purgation, catharsis - purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
2.purging - the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
purification - the act of purging of sin or guilt; moral or spiritual cleansing; "purification through repentance"
clearing - the act of freeing from suspicion
Adj.1.purging - serving to purge or rid of sin; "purgatorial rites"
References in classic literature ?
Will that effect nothing, think you, towards purging away the grossness out of human life?
Chaka the king is now a Doctor of Dreams, and to clear away such a dream as this he has a purging medicine.
How could Bill, as yet scarcely tried by life, comprehend the purging flames through which she had passed or realize time's power to reveal unsuspected truths.
Yes, but she is purging off the Honeychurch taint, most excellent Honeychurches, but you know what I mean.
So this is as much as to say, perverse and thieving knave that you are, that you permit yourself to be lacking in respect towards the Auditor of the Châtelet, to the magistrate committed to the popular police of Paris, charged with searching out crimes, delinquencies, and evil conduct; with controlling all trades, and interdicting monopoly; with maintaining the pavements; with debarring the hucksters of chickens, poultry, and water-fowl; of superintending the measuring of fagots and other sorts of wood; of purging the city of mud, and the air of contagious maladies; in a word, with attending continually to public affairs, without wages or hope of salary
And so, by the dog of Egypt, we have been unconsciously purging the State, which not long ago we termed luxurious.
But, thank God, I have hope - not only from a vague dependence on the possibility that penitence and pardon might have reached him at the last, but from the blessed confidence that, through whatever purging fires the erring spirit may be doomed to pass - whatever fate awaits it - still it is not lost, and God, who hateth nothing that He hath made, will bless it in the end!
Whenever Mrs Deborah had occasion to exert any extraordinary condescension to Mrs Bridget, and by that means had a little soured her natural disposition, it was usual with her to walk forth among these people, in order to refine her temper, by venting, and, as it were, purging off all ill humours; on which account she was by no means a welcome visitant: to say the truth, she was universally dreaded and hated by them all.
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Fluntingdon Fusion Techniques has introduced an upgraded pipe purging system for high speed pipe joint welding.