gulf

noun
\ ˈgəlf How to pronounce gulf (audio) \

Definition of gulf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gulf

verb
gulfed; gulfing; gulfs

Definition of gulf (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for gulf

Synonyms: Noun

arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), inlet, loch [Scottish]

Synonyms: Verb

deluge, drown, engulf, flood, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp

Antonyms: Verb

drain

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Examples of gulf in a Sentence

Noun

we dipped our feet in the warm waters of the gulf the great gulf of time and space that separates us from the first inhabitants of North America

Verb

with the administration gulfed by so many real problems, it's absurd for the president to concern himself with this nonissue
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bahder’s hypothesis is that 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, which tracked from the Yucatan to Florida, or a storm with a similar path carried infected treehoppers across the gulf to Tampa. Washington Post, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Bahder's hypothesis is that 2005's Hurricane Wilma, which tracked from the Yucatan to Florida, or a storm with a similar path carried infected treehoppers across the gulf to Tampa. Terry Spencer, chicagotribune.com, "A lethal disease spread by a tiny, tree-hopping insect is threatening Florida’s iconic palm trees," 19 Aug. 2019 Bahder's hypothesis is that 2005's Hurricane Wilma, which tracked from the Yucatan to Florida, or a storm with a similar path carried infected treehoppers across the gulf to Tampa. Terry Spencer, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Bahder’s hypothesis is that 2005′s Hurricane Wilma, which tracked from the Yucatan to Florida, or a storm with a similar path carried infected treehoppers across the gulf to Tampa. Terry Spencer, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s iconic palms threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 The gulf between that view and Trump’s — that Congress should build a wall and change some highly technical asylum rules — is vast. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Immigration Restriction Is Not Hate," 9 Aug. 2019 The transcript of the meeting shows the gulf in the world-views that existed between, on one side, Wickersham and other officials, and on the other, the chiefs. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "How 14 Athabascan tribal leaders set the course of Native rights in Alaska," 17 Aug. 2019 Manuel Pellegrini won't need telling that any team could lose four in row to the Premier League's best teams, but the Chilean will no doubt be disappointed by the gulf in class between the two teams today. SI.com, "Astonishing Stat Reveals West Ham's Premier League Opening Day Woes Following Man City Defeat," 10 Aug. 2019 The gulf between the spending levels is staggering. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents to file civil rights lawsuit against state over unequal school funding," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So many gulfs separate us now: geographical, anatomical, psychological. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gulf

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gulf

Noun

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

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gulf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gulf

: a large area of ocean that is partly surrounded by land
: a difference between two people, groups, or things

gulf

noun
\ ˈgəlf How to pronounce gulf (audio) \

Kids Definition of gulf

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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