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Definition of "gutter" []

  • A channel at the edge of a street or road for carrying off surface water. (noun)
  • A trough fixed under or along the eaves for draining rainwater from a roof. Also called regionally eaves spout, eaves trough, rainspout, spouting. (noun)
  • A furrow or groove formed by running water. (noun)
  • A trough or channel for carrying something off, such as that on either side of a bowling alley. (noun)
  • Printing The white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages, as of a book. (noun)

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 "gutter" in a sentence
  • "What else can they do when the gutter is the only way up?"
  • "A society based on the shoot-out attitudes of the Wild West where winnners are swaggering kings who rule by intimidation and losers are rotting corpses in the gutter is an unhealthy one indeed, even in a world not bristling with nuclear weapons."
  • "In the front housesat any rate in a side-street where the Corporation don’t interferethe women get into the habit of throwing their refuse out of the front door, so that the gutter is always littered with tea-leaves and bread crusts."