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Definition of "gulf" []

  • A large area of a sea or ocean partially enclosed by land, especially a long landlocked portion of sea opening through a strait. (noun)
  • A deep, wide chasm; an abyss. (noun)
  • A wide gap, as in understanding: "the gulf between the Victorian sensibility and our own” ( Babette Deutsch). (noun)
  • Something, such as a whirlpool, that draws down or engulfs. (noun)
  • To engulf. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gulf" in a sentence
  • "As for drilling the rig count in the gulf is already up."
  • "Not far south of where the laguna opens into the gulf is a reef, fairly shallow and close to shore."
  • "This little area of red that you see here on the map, this is what we call the gulf loop current."