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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.
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
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.
"Yes, but she is purging off the Honeychurch taint, most excellent Honeychurches, but you know what I mean.
And so, by the dog of Egypt, we have been unconsciously purging the State, which not long ago we termed luxurious.
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The purging compound is said to speed up color changes and remove carbon.
[USPRwire, Thu Oct 04 2018] According to the new market research report "Purging Compound Market by Type (Mechanical, Chemical/Foaming, and Liquid Purging), Process (Extrusion, Injection Molding, and Blow Molding), and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarketsao, The purging compound market is projected to reach USD 586.3 Million by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2017 to 2022.
Twitter began purging its platform of millions of suspicious or fake accounts Thursday.
A purging compound has demonstrated an ability not just to facilitate colour change, but also remove carbon contamination from hot runner systems for injection moulds.
Johnathon Cruz, 20,  told police he was "purging" by robbing and shooting people in the city.
23 September 2016 - US-based purging compounds, release agents and mold maintenance products producer Chem-Trend has acquired the Ultra Purge business from Italian plastics engineering products firm Moulds Plus International to widen its product portfolio for thermoplastics processing operations, the company said.