gulf
Pronunciation
  • enPR gŭlf, IPA: /ɡʌlf/
Noun

gulf (plural gulfs)

  1. A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      He then surveyed / Hell and the gulf between.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Luke 16:26 ↗:
      Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed.
  2. (obsolete) That which swallows; the gullet.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, IV. i. 23:
      Witch's mummy, maw and gulf / Of the ravined salt sea shark,
  3. That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy.
    • 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “Sea Dreams”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., […], OCLC 879237670 ↗, page 100 ↗:
      [T]here is no such mine, / None; but a gulf of ruin, swallowing gold, not making.
  4. (geography) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially landlocked sea
    the Gulf of Mexico    the Persian Gulf
  5. (mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode.
  6. (figurative) A difference, especially a large difference, between groups.
  7. (Oxbridge slang) The bottom part of a list of those awarded a degree, for those who have only just passed.
Synonyms Translations Verb

gulf (gulfs, present participle gulfing; past and past participle gulfed)

  1. (Oxbridge slang, transitive) To award a degree to somebody who has only just passed sufficiently.

Gulf
Proper noun
  1. The Persian Gulf, or the region surrounding it.
    Gulf carrier
    Gulf War
    opportunity to work in the Gulf



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