A man cleaning out the gutters on his house.
- An example of a gutter is a metal trough attached to the roof of a house that collects and directs rain water away from the roof and the eaves.
- An example of a gutter is a channel along the side of the road that carries water off the street to the sewer.
- a channel along or under the eaves of a roof, to carry off rainwater
- a narrow channel along the side of a road or street, to carry off water, as to a sewer
- a place or state of living characterized by filth, poverty, squalor, etc.
- a channel or groove like a gutter, as the groove on either side of a bowling alley
- the adjoining inner margins of two facing pages in a book, magazine, etc.
Origin of gutterMiddle English gotere from Old French gutiere from Classical Latin gutta, a drop
- to flow in a stream
- to melt rapidly so that the wax runs down the side in channels: said of a candle
- A channel at the edge of a street or road for carrying off surface water.
- A trough fixed under or along the eaves for draining rainwater from a roof. Also called Also called regionally eaves trough . Also called rainspout . Also called spouting .
- A furrow or groove formed by running water.
- A trough or channel for carrying something off, such as that on either side of a bowling alley or that almost level with the water in some swimming pools.
- Printing The white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages, as of a book.
- A degraded and squalid class or state of human existence.
verbgut·tered, gut·ter·ing, gut·ters
- To form gutters or furrows in: Heavy rain guttered the hillside.
- To provide with gutters.
- To flow in channels or rivulets: Rainwater guttered along the curb.
- To melt away through the side of the hollow formed by a burning wick. Used of a candle.
- To burn low and unsteadily; flicker: The flame guttered in the lamp.
Origin of gutterMiddle English goter, guter from Old French gotier from gote drop from Latin gutta Our Living Language Certain household words have proved important as markers for major US dialect boundaries. The channels along the edge of a roof for carrying away rainwater (normally referred to in the plural) are variously known as eaves troughs in parts of New England, the Great Lakes states, and the West; spouting or rainspouts in eastern Pennsylvania and the Delmarva Peninsula; and gutters from Virginia southward. Historically, along the Atlantic coast, the transition points have marked unusually clear boundaries for the three major dialect areas—Northern, Midland, and Southern—traditionally acknowledged by scholars of American dialects. Nowadays, however, Southern gutters has become widely established as the standard US term. andiron
- A prepared channel in a surface, especially at the side of a road adjacent to a curb, intended for the drainage of water.
- A ditch along the side of a road.
- A duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water; eavestrough.
- The gutters must be cleared of leaves a few times a year.
- A groove down the sides of a bowling lane.
- A large groove (commonly behind animals) in a barn used for the collection and removal of animal excrement.
- Any narrow channel or groove, such as one formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
- A space between printed columns of text.
- (philately) An unprinted space between rows of stamps.
- (UK) A drainage channel.
- The part of a street meant for vehicles.
- The notional locus of things, acts, or events which are distasteful, ill bred or morally questionable.
- (figuratively) A low, vulgar state.
- Get your mind out of the gutter.
- What kind of gutter language is that? I ought to wash your mouth out with soap.
(comparative more gutter, superlative most gutter)
(third-person singular simple present gutters, present participle guttering, simple past and past participle guttered)
- To flow or stream; to form gutters. [from late 14th c.]
- (of a candle) To melt away or fail from becoming channeled on one side. [from early 18th c.]
- (of a small flame) To flicker as if about to be extinguished.
- To send (a bowling ball) into the gutter, not hitting any pins.
- To supply with a gutter or gutters.
- To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.
- One who or that which guts.
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gutter - Computer Definition
In typography, the space between two columns.