Gordon

(redirected from Gordons)
Also found in: Dictionary, Medical.

Gordon,

river in W Tasmania, Australia, 125 mi (200 km) long. Flowing from mountains to the W coast, its main tributaries are the Franklin and Denison from the N, and Serpentine and Olga to the S. In the 1980s it was the site of controversial proposals to develop hydroelectricity.

Gordon

1. Adam Lindsay. 1833--70, Australian poet and horseman, born in the Azores, who developed the bush ballad as a literary form, esp in Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes (1870)
2. Charles George, known as Chinese Gordon. 1833--85, British general and administrator. He helped to crush the Taiping rebellion (1863--64), and was governor of the Sudan (1877--80), returning in 1884 to aid Egyptian forces against the Mahdi. He was killed in the siege of Khartoum
3. Dexter (Keith). 1923--90, US jazz tenor saxophonist
4. Lord George. 1751--93, English religious agitator. He led the Protestant opposition to legislation relieving Roman Catholics of certain disabilities, which culminated in the Gordon riots (1780)
References in classic literature ?
They were carrying young Gordon to the churchyard to bury him.
Eldridge was dreadfully put out because you asked him what he knew about General Gordon," he said to the headmaster, with an attempt at a chuckle.
So I wondered if they'd ever heard of General Gordon.
Gordon was a man by nature ill-suited to be a schoolmaster: he was impatient and choleric.
Gordon struck terror in his heart; and the master, quick to discern the boys who were frightened of him, seemed on that account to take a peculiar dislike to him.
Gordon has black-booked you for 'gross impertinence.
Gordon used to call me a gipsy counter-jumper when I was in his form.
So far, it takes after the Gordon pattern, but I'm so afraid it will develop Byrne tendencies as I grow older.
You just accept Philippa Gordon, as the Lord made her, with all her faults, and I believe you'll come to like her.
Emma Gordon, in whothe lap you're a lying at prethent, would be a mother to you, and Joth'phine would be a thithter to you.
She stopped in her wild crying, a little detached herself from Emma Gordon, and turned her face full upon her patron.
In actuality, although the Gordons weren't well off, they spent their summer vacations at Stanwell Park Lake, where they were able to buy a weekender.