Gulf definition

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A large area of a sea or ocean partially enclosed by land, especially a long landlocked portion of sea opening through a strait.
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A wide or impassable gap or separation.
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A wide, deep chasm or abyss.
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A wide gap, as in understanding.
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A large body of ocean or sea water that is partly surrounded by land.
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To engulf.
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A large body of sea or ocean water, typically larger than a bay, that is partially enclosed by land.
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An eddy that draws objects down; whirlpool.
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To swallow up; engulf.
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A deep, wide chasm; an abyss.
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Something, such as a whirlpool, that draws down or engulfs.
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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.

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A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin.
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That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy.
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(geography) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially landlocked sea; as, the Gulf of Mexico or Persian Gulf.
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(mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode.
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A difference, especially a large difference, between groups.
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the Gulf
  • the Persian Gulf or the surrounding region
  • the Gulf of Mexico or the surrounding region
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gulf
Plural:
gulfs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Gulf

Origin of gulf

  • Middle English goulf from Old French golfe from Old Italian golfo from Late Latin colpus, colfus from Greek kolpos bosom, gulf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French golfe, from Italian golfo, from Late Latin colfos, from Ancient Greek κόλπος (kolpos).

    From Wiktionary