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English Dictionary: retch by the DICT Development Group
3 results for retch
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; "a bad case of the heaves"
    Synonym(s): heave, retch
  1. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
    Synonym(s): vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up
    Antonym(s): keep down
  2. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
    Synonym(s): gag, heave, retch
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Retch \Retch\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Retched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Retching}.] [AS. hr[?]can to clear the throat, hawk, fr.
      hraca throat; akin to G. rachen, and perhaps to E. rack
      To make an effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.
      [Written also {reach}.]
               Beloved Julia, hear me still beseeching! (Here he grew
               inarticulate with retching.)                  --Byron.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Retch \Retch\, v. t. & i. [See {Reck}.]
      To care for; to heed; to reck. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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