\ ˈgəlch How to pronounce gulch (audio) \

Definition of gulch

: a deep or precipitous cleft : ravine especially : one occupied by a torrent

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Examples of gulch in a Sentence

the gulch floods in the spring with the runoff from the mountains, so wait until later in the summer to hike it
Recent Examples on the Web The vehicle catapulted across a couple lanes of California highway and landed sideways at the bottom of a gulch. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 10 Dec. 2021 That the actors Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Regina King and Lakeith Stanfield are playing inhabitants of the cinematic dry gulch constructed by director Jeymes Samuel (who co-wrote the screenplay with Boaz Yakin) is certainly noteworthy. John Anderson, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2021 The teenager warns me that they've been stuck in the gulch for three hours. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 But in March 2012, a breakthrough came when a hiker venturing near the highway where her personal items had been found came upon her remains in a gulch -- a dry streambed -- amid rocks, weeds and brush. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 21 May 2021 Making an abrupt cut in the landscape, the gulch is lodged between the hulking flattop of Cedar Mesa (5,542 feet) to the west and the Diamond Rim and the ragged valley cut by Webber Creek to the east. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 29 Oct. 2020 Despite daily briefings and constant government negotiations, Pennsylvania Avenue resembles a massive gulch. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2020 Georgia — Cloudland State Park Straddling a thousand-foot gulch on the western flank of Lookout Mountain, this lofty park offers panoramic views worthy of its mystical name. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, 24 Feb. 2017 Ridge-top grasslands transition down slope into gulches with conifers, and eventually to the oak woodlands of Portola Valley. Tom Stienstra,, 15 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gulch

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gulch

perhaps from English dialect gulch to gulp, from Middle English gulchen

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Kids Definition of gulch

: a small narrow valley with steep sides

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