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gulf

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1 a part of a body of water that extends beyond the general shoreline
  • we dipped our feet in the warm waters of the gulf

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2 an immeasurable depth or space
  • the gulf of understanding between the two men was too wide for them to ever get along

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3 a narrow opening between hillsides or mountains that can be used for passage
  • the gulf was too wide to cross, so we had to hike down into it and go through it

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4 an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge)
  • a wide gulf in the defensive wall meant the city was in grave danger

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5 water moving rapidly in a circle with a hollow in the center
  • the doomed ship was sucked into the gulf and consigned to Davy Jones's locker

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gulf

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of gulf (Entry 2 of 2)

to cover with a flood
  • 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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“Gulf.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gulf. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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