- 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.
- 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 of gulfMiddle 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
to swallow up; engulf
- the Persian Gulf or the surrounding region
- the Gulf of Mexico or the surrounding region
- 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.
transitive verbgulfed, gulf·ing, gulfs
Origin of gulfMiddle English goulf, from Old French golfe, from Old Italian golfo, from Late Latin colpus, colfus, from Greek kolpos, bosom, gulf.
- A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin.
- That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy.
- (geography) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially landlocked sea; as, the Gulf of Mexico or Persian Gulf.
- (mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode.
- A difference, especially a large difference, between groups