gulch

noun \ ˈgəlch \

Definition of gulch

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

Examples of gulch in a Sentence

  1. the gulch floods in the spring with the runoff from the mountains, so wait until later in the summer to hike it

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Origin and Etymology of gulch

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

gulch Synonyms

Synonyms
col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, canyon, 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]

GULCH Defined for English Language Learners

gulch

noun

Definition of gulch for English Language Learners

  • : a small, narrow valley with steep sides


GULCH Defined for Kids

gulch

noun \ ˈgəlch \

Definition of gulch for Students

:a small narrow valley with steep sides


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