The gores of Waldseemüller's 1507 globe of the world, the first to use the name "America" (at right)

A gore is a sector of a curved surface [1] or the curved surface that lies between two close lines of longitude on a globe and may be flattened to a plane surface with little distortion. [2] The term has been extended to include similarly shaped pieces such as the panels of a hot-air balloon or parachute, [3] or the triangular insert that allows extra movement in a garment (see Gore (fabrics)).[4]


Red hot-air balloon, made from gores of material
Single-use American WW II aircraft drop tanks, made of impregnated paper cylinders closed by gores formed into hemispheric shapes


  1. ^ Chambers English Dictionary (1988)
  2. ^ "gore - GIS Dictionary". Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  3. ^ "Hot Air Balloon Manufacturer, Hot Air Airships, Balloon Repair Station". APEX Balloons. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  4. ^ Tammie L. Dupuis. "Recreating 16th and 17th Century Clothing". The Renaissance Tailor. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  5. ^ Harris, Gary L. (2001). The Origins and Technology of the Extravehicular Space Suit. San Diego: American Astronautical Society. pp. 1–89. ISBN 0-87703-482-6.