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gulf

noun \ ˈgəlf \

Definition of gulf

1 :a part of an ocean or sea extending into the land
2 :a deep chasm :abyss
4 :a wide gap
  • the gulf between generations

Examples of gulf in a Sentence

  1. we dipped our feet in the warm waters of the gulf

  2. the great gulf of time and space that separates us from the first inhabitants of North America

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Origin and Etymology of gulf

Middle English goulf, from Middle French golfe, from Italian golfo, from Late Latin colpus, from Greek kolpos bosom, gulf; akin to Old English hwealf vault, Old High German walbo

gulf Synonyms

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)

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gulf

verb

Definition of gulf

transitive verb

Examples of gulf in a Sentence

  1. with the administration gulfed by so many real problems, it's absurd for the president to concern himself with this nonissue

First Known Use of gulf

1807

gulf Synonyms


GULF Defined for English Language Learners

gulf

noun

Definition of gulf for English Language Learners

  • : a large area of ocean that is partly surrounded by land

  • : a difference between two people, groups, or things


GULF Defined for Kids

gulf

noun \ ˈgəlf \

Definition of gulf for Students

1 :a part of an ocean or sea that extends into the land
  • the Gulf of Mexico
2 :a deep split or gap in the earth
3 :a wide separation
  • … so wide sometimes is the gulf between theory and practice.
  • —Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea


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