Gulf



[guhlf] /gʌlf/

noun
1.
a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land.
2.
a deep hollow; chasm or abyss.
3.
any wide separation, as in position, status, or education.
4.
something that or swallows up.
verb (used with object)
5.
to swallow up; engulf.
/ɡʌlf/
noun
1.
a large deep bay
2.
a deep chasm
3.
something that divides or separates, such as a lack of understanding
4.
something that engulfs, such as a whirlpool
verb
5.
(transitive) to swallow up; engulf
/ɡʌlf/
noun the Gulf
1.
the Persian Gulf
2.
(Austral)

3.
(NZ) the Hauraki Gulf
n.

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.
gulf
(gŭlf)
A large body of ocean or sea water that is partly surrounded by land.

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