- a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains.
- a ditch or gutter.
- the position of a fielder between point and slips.
- the fielder occupying this position.
- to make gullies in.
- to form (channels) by the action of water.
Origin of gully1
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- a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
Origin of gully2
Examples from the Web for gullies
The stench of decomposing flesh greeted us before we saw that rotting bodies were lying in the gullies on either side of us.U.N. Ambassador Designate Samantha Power’s Greatest Journalistic Hits
June 6, 2013
They might be waiting now at the mouth of any of these gullies.Way of the Lawless
The gullies are steep and narrow: the heat settles on them like a curse.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
All day axes resounded in the firs, and picks were busy in the gullies.They of the High Trails
They were taken in the gullies that were cut for watering the meadows.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1
It may be seen, frequently, in the ravines and gullies, and in the points of bluffs.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
- a channel or small valley, esp one cut by heavy rainwater
- NZ a small bush-clad valley
- a deep, wide fissure between two buttresses in a mountain face, sometimes containing a stream or scree
- a fielding position between the slips and point
- a fielder in this position
- either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
- (tr) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
- Scot a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
Word Origin and History for gullies
"channel made by running water," 1650s, possibly a variant of Middle English golet "water channel" (see gullet). Gully-washer, American English colloquial for "heavy rainstorm," attested by 1887.
- A narrow, steep-sided channel formed in loose earth by running water. A gully is usually dry except after periods of heavy rainfall or after the melting of snow or ice.