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gulf

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of gulf

  1. 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. 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, abyss, oceanRelated Words cleft, crevasse, crevice, fissure; cavern, hole, hollow, pit; breadth, expanse, extent, reach, spread, stretch; black hole, emptiness, nothingness, vacancy, vacuity, vacuum, void

  3. 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, canyon, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, saddleRelated 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. 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> Synonyms breach, break, discontinuity, gap, hiatus, hole, interstice, interval, opening, rent, rift, separation, voidRelated Words chink, cleft, crack, cranny, crevice, fissure; notch, slit, slot, split; interspace, pore; abyss, aperture, cavity, chasm, gape, orifice; fracture, rupture, severance, sundering

  5. 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 whirlpool, maelstrom, vortexRelated Words tourbillion (or tourbillon); eddy, swirl, whirl




gulf

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of gulf

  1. to cover with a flood <with the administration gulfed by so many real problems, it's absurd for the president to concern himself with this nonissue> Synonyms deluge, drown, engulf, flood, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swampRelated Words avalanche, smother; overcome, overrun; flow, flush, gush, pour, sluice, spout, spurt, stream; douse (also dowse), drench, soak, wetNear Antonyms dehydrate, dry, parchAntonyms drain





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