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

:  a part of an ocean or sea extending into the land
:  a deep chasm :  abyss
:  whirlpool
:  a wide gap <the gulf between generations>

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

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

Rhymes with GULF



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



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any large coastal indentation, similar to a bay but larger. Most existing gulfs were formed or greatly extended as a result of the rise in sea level that accompanied the ending of the last ice age. Some, such as the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Oman, resulted from warping, folding, or downfaulting of the Earth's crust, which caused parts of the shoreline to drop below sea level. Most gulfs are connected with the sea by one or more straits. A gulf may have a group of islands at its mouth or may open into another gulf. Gulfs may differ from the adjoining sea in water properties and sedimentation.


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