- a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land.
- a deep hollow; chasm or abyss.
- any wide separation, as in position, status, or education.
- something that engulfs or swallows up.
- to swallow up; engulf.
Origin of gulf
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Examples from the Web for gulf
The outlets giving these pronouncements the most airtime are Arabic news stations in the Gulf.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
But The Pinkprint gives little consideration to the gulf between her various musical selves.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’
December 16, 2014
Sadly, laws throughout the Middle East—from North Africa to the Gulf—limit the rights of religious minorities and non-believers.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
In the south, the Gulf States view their Persian nuclear neighbor as a permanent archenemy.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
A sign that the Gulf States and/or Turkey told the White House they were getting out if the footsie continued?Is Obama Done Playing Footsie With Assad?
November 17, 2014
Settlements have been established on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.Explorations in Australia
The gulf which separates parents and children is one which the parents must cross.
As a matter of fact, we dig a gulf between the material and the spiritual which does not exist.
She passed listlessly out, and down the path toward the gulf.In the Valley
For her sake—for your Fanny's sake—pause, like me, before the gulf swallow us.Night and Morning, Complete
- a large deep bay
- a deep chasm
- something that divides or separates, such as a lack of understanding
- something that engulfs, such as a whirlpool
- (tr) to swallow up; engulf
- the Persian Gulf
- the Gulf of Carpentaria
- (modifier)of, relating to, or adjoining the GulfGulf country
- NZ the Hauraki Gulf
Word Origin and History for gulf
late 14c., "profound depth;" geographic sense is c.1400; from Old French golf "a gulf, whirlpool," from Italian golfo "a gulf, a bay," from Late Latin colfos, from Greek kolpos "bay, gulf," earlier "trough between waves, fold of a garment," originally "bosom," the common notion being "curved shape," from PIE *kwelp- "to arch, to vault" (cf. Old English hwealf, a-hwielfan "to overwhelm"). Latin sinus underwent the same development, being used first for "bosom," later for "gulf." Replaced Old English sæ-earm. Figurative sense of "a wide interval" is from 1550s. The Gulf Stream (1775) takes its name from the Gulf of Mexico.
- A large body of ocean or sea water that is partly surrounded by land.