\ 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 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, "This hike near Payson has see-forever views. Here's how to do it," 29 Oct. 2020 Despite daily briefings and constant government negotiations, Pennsylvania Avenue resembles a massive gulch. Washington Post, "Abandoned streets," 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, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 Ridge-top grasslands transition down slope into gulches with conifers, and eventually to the oak woodlands of Portola Valley. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday Getaway: Windy Hill, Santa Cruz Mountains," 15 Mar. 2020 Millenniums of rain and the holy winds, the Niłch’i Diyini, had carved the washes and gulches and canyons that folded into the skin of this land. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Season on the Rez," 6 Dec. 2019 In the gulch just to my southwest, a jaguar roamed during his three-year stay in the range, and an ocelot was recently spotted bounding through this spot. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 The crater lake, for example, is surrounded by dramatic canyon-like gulches, the result of erosion from rainfall. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 Eddy Sánchez, director of the seismic institute, said Monday some inhabitants had been slow to evacuate in part because rivers and gulches around the volcano were swollen with rain. Anthony Harrup And, WSJ, "Guatemala Searches for Missing After Deadly Volcano Eruption," 4 June 2018

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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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The first known use of gulch was in 1832

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“Gulch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gulch

chiefly US : a small, narrow valley with steep sides


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Kids Definition of gulch

: a small narrow valley with steep sides

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