gulf

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gulf

noun

Definition of GULF

1
a part of a body of water that extends beyond the general shoreline <we dipped our feet in the warm waters of the gulf>
Synonyms arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), inlet, loch [Scottish]
Related Words harbor, port, road(s), roadstead; narrow, sound, strait; bayou; backwater, slough (also slew or slue)
2
an immeasurable depth or space <the great gulf of time and space that separates us from the first inhabitants of North America>
Synonyms abysm, chasm, deep, gulf, ocean
3
a narrow opening between hillsides or mountains that can be used for passage <the gulf was too wide to cross, so we had to hike down into it and go through it>
Synonyms col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, saddle
Related Words abyss, chasm, cirque, cleft, crevasse, crevice, cwm [chiefly British], fissure; combe (also coombe or coomb) [British], dale, dell, glen, hollow, shut-in, vale, valley; basin, floodplain, kettle; arroyo, barranca (also barranco), coulee, draw, gully (also gulley), gutter, nullah, trench, trough, wadi, wash [West]
4
an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge) <a wide gulf in the defensive wall meant the city was in grave danger>
5
water moving rapidly in a circle with a hollow in the center <the doomed ship was sucked into the gulf and consigned to Davy Jones's locker>
Synonyms gulf, maelstrom, vortex
Related Words tourbillion (or tourbillon); eddy, swirl, whirl

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