- The definition of a gulf is a deep ravine or a deep inlet of the sea, or big divides or large distances between people caused by their differences or lack of understanding of each other.
- A deep inlet of the sea is an example of a gulf.
- A situation where a parent and child cannot understand each other because of very different ideologies is an example of a situation where there is a gulf between them.
The Gulf of Mexico is an example of a gulf.
gulf definition by Webster's New World
- a large body of sea or ocean water, typically larger than a bay, that is partially enclosed by land
- a wide, deep chasm or abyss
- a wide or impassable gap or separation
- an eddy that draws objects down; whirlpool
Origin: Middle English goulf ; from Old French golfe ; from Italian golfo ; from Late Greek kolphos, for Classical Greek kolpos, a fold, bosom, gulf, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form kwolpos ; from base an unverified form kwel-, to turn from source German wölben, to arch
gulf definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Abbr. G. A large area of a sea or ocean partially enclosed by land, especially a long landlocked portion of sea opening through a strait.
- A deep, wide chasm; an abyss.
- A wide gap, as in understanding: “the gulf between the Victorian sensibility and our own” (Babette Deutsch).
- Something, such as a whirlpool, that draws down or engulfs.
Origin: Middle English goulf, from Old French golfe, from Old Italian golfo, from Late Latin colpus, colfus, from Greek kolpos, bosom, gulf.
gulf - Phrases/Idioms
- the Persian Gulf or the surrounding region
- the Gulf of Mexico or the surrounding region
gulf - Science Definition