• enPR gŭlf, IPA: /ɡʌlf/

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.

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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