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1gulf

noun \ˈgəlf\

: a large area of ocean that is partly surrounded by land

: a difference between two people, groups, or things

Full Definition of GULF

1
:  a part of an ocean or sea extending into the land
2
:  a deep chasm :  abyss
3
:  whirlpool
4
:  a wide gap <the gulf between generations>
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Examples of GULF

  1. <we dipped our feet in the warm waters of the gulf>
  2. <the great gulf of time and space that separates us from the first inhabitants of North America>

Origin of GULF

Middle English goulf, from Middle French golfe, from Italian golfo, from Late Latin colpus, from Greek kolpos bosom, gulf; akin to Old English hwealf vault, Old High German walbo
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to GULF

Synonyms
arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), inlet, loch [Scottish]

Rhymes with GULF

2gulf

verb

Definition of GULF

transitive verb
:  engulf

Examples of GULF

  1. <with the administration gulfed by so many real problems, it's absurd for the president to concern himself with this nonissue>

First Known Use of GULF

1807
GULF Defined for Kids

gulf

noun \ˈgəlf\

Definition of GULF for Kids

1
:  a part of an ocean or sea that extends into the land <the Gulf of Mexico>
2
:  a deep split or gap in the earth
3
:  a wide separation <… so wide sometimes is the gulf between theory and practice. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea>
July 29, 2015
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incapable of being subdued or conquered
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