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gulf

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noun \ˈgəlf\

Simple Definition of gulf

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

  • : a difference between two people, groups, or things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gulf

  1. 1 :  a part of an ocean or sea extending into the land

  2. 2 :  a deep chasm :  abyss

  3. 3 :  whirlpool

  4. 4 :  a wide gap <the gulf between generations>

Examples of gulf in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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gulf

verb

Definition of gulf

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  engulf



Examples of gulf in a sentence

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



1807

First Known Use of gulf

1807

Rhymes with gulf


GULF Defined for Kids

gulf

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noun \ˈgəlf\

Definition of gulf for Students

  1. 1 :  a part of an ocean or sea that extends into the land <the Gulf of Mexico>

  2. 2 :  a deep split or gap in the earth

  3. 3 :  a wide separation <… so wide sometimes is the gulf between theory and practice. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea>





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