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guttering

[guht-er-ing] /ˈgʌt ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of making gutters.
2.
material for making gutters.
3.
the gutters of an individual building.
4.
the melted wax or tallow of a candle.
Origin of guttering
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See gutter, -ing1

gutter

[guht-er] /ˈgʌt ər/
noun
1.
a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for leading off surface water.
2.
a channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.
3.
any channel, trough, or the like for carrying off fluid.
4.
a furrow or channel made by running water.
5.
Bowling. a sunken channel on each side of the alley from the line marking the limit of a fair delivery of the ball to the sunken area behind the pins.
6.
the state or abode of those who live in degradation, squalor, etc.:
the language of the gutter.
7.
the white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages in a bound book, magazine, or newspaper.
verb (used without object)
8.
to flow in streams.
9.
(of a candle) to lose molten wax accumulated in a hollow space around the wick.
10.
(of a lamp or candle flame) to burn low or to be blown so as to be nearly extinguished.
11.
to form gutters, as water does.
verb (used with object)
12.
to make gutters in; channel.
13.
to furnish with a gutter or gutters:
to gutter a new house.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English gutter, goter < Anglo-French goutiere, equivalent to goutte drop (see gout) + -iere, feminine of -ier -er2
Related forms
gutterlike, adjective
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Examples from the Web for guttering
Historical Examples
  • The candle was guttering, and aunt Mary Ellen pushed it toward her.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • I saw his face, straight opposite me, near the guttering candle.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc
  • The candles are guttering away terribly, and we must not be left in the dark.

    Fire Island G. Manville Fenn
  • The porter halted on the stairs to settle his guttering candle.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • He lifted the guttering candle overhead and inspected his surroundings.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • The candle was standing, broken and guttering, on the floor.

  • Our sickly lantern was guttering in a sooty stream of smoke.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • He opened to us, standing there fully dressed, with a guttering candle.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • There was only the guttering candle in the gin bottle to give light.

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
  • Samuels peered at him strangely, around the guttering candle.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for guttering

guttering

/ˈɡʌtərɪŋ/
noun
1.
the gutters, downpipes, etc, that make up the rainwater disposal system on the outside of a building
2.
the materials used in this system

gutter

/ˈɡʌtə/
noun
1.
a channel along the eaves or on the roof of a building, used to collect and carry away rainwater
2.
a channel running along the kerb or the centre of a road to collect and carry away rainwater
3.
a trench running beside a canal lined with clay puddle
4.
either of the two channels running parallel to a tenpin bowling lane
5.
(printing)
  1. the space between two pages in a forme
  2. the white space between the facing pages of an open book
  3. the space between two columns of type
6.
the space left between stamps on a sheet in order to separate them
7.
(surfing) a dangerous deep channel formed by currents and waves
8.
(Austral) (in gold-mining) the channel of a former watercourse that is now a vein of gold
9.
the gutter, a poverty-stricken, degraded, or criminal environment
verb
10.
(transitive) to make gutters in
11.
(intransitive) to flow in a stream or rivulet
12.
(intransitive) (of a candle) to melt away by the wax forming channels and running down in drops
13.
(intransitive) (of a flame) to flicker and be about to go out
Derived Forms
gutter-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French goutiere, from Old French goute a drop, from Latin gutta
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Word Origin and History for guttering

gutter

n.

late 13c., "watercourse, water drainage channel along the side of a street," from Anglo-Norman gotere, from Old French guitere, goutiere (13c., Modern French gouttière) "gutter, spout" (of water), from goute "a drop," from Latin gutta "a drop." Meaning "furrow made by running water" is from 1580s. Meaning "trough under the eaves of a roof to carry off rainwater" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "low, profane" is from 1818. In printers' slang, from 1841.

gutter

v.

late 14c., "to make or run in channels," from gutter (n.). In reference to candles (1706) it is from the channel that forms on the side as the molten wax flows off. Related: Guttered; guttering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for guttering

gutter

noun

A dive in which one lands flat on the water; belly-whopper (1950s+)

Related Terms

have one's mind in the gutter

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with guttering

gutter

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