What does gully mean?

Definitions for gully
ˈgʌl igul·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gullynoun

    deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gullynoun

    a large knife

    Etymology: [Formerly gullet.]

  2. Gullynoun

    a channel or hollow worn in the earth by a current of water; a short deep portion of a torrent's bed when dry

    Etymology: [Formerly gullet.]

  3. Gullynoun

    a grooved iron rail or tram plate

    Etymology: [Formerly gullet.]

  4. Gullyverb

    to wear into a gully or into gullies

    Etymology: [Formerly gullet.]

  5. Gullyverb

    to flow noisily

    Etymology: [Formerly gullet.]


  1. Gully

    A gully is a landform created by running water, eroding sharply into soil, typically on a hillside. Gullies resemble large ditches or small valleys, but are metres to tens of metres in depth and width. When the gully formation is in process, the water flow rate can be substantial, which causes the significant deep cutting action into soil. Gullying or gully erosion is the process by which gullies are formed. Hillsides are more prone to gullying when they are cleared of vegetation, through deforestation, over-grazing or other means. The eroded soil is easily carried by the flowing water after being dislodged from the ground, normally when rainfall falls during short, intense storms such as during thunderstorms. The gully moves upward at a nick point. This is from interflow as well as surface runoff. This interflow is quite important for the propagation of the nick point and its migration upstream. Gullies reduce the productivity of farmland where they incise into the land, and produce sediment that may clog downstream waterbodies. Because of this, much effort is invested into the study of gullies within the scope of geomorphology, in the prevention of gully erosion, and in restoration of gullied landscapes. The total soil loss from gully formation and subsequent downstream river sedimentation can be sizable.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gully

    gul′i, n. (Scot.) a big knife.—Also Gull′ey.

  2. Gully

    gul′i, n. a channel worn by running water: a ditch: a ravine.—v.t. to wear a gully or channel in.—p.adj. Gull′ied.—ns. Gull′y-hole, a manhole into a drain, &c.; Gull′y-hunt′er, one who picks up things from gutters. [Prob. gullet.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. gully

    The channels worn on the face of mountains by heavy rains. Also, a rivulet which empties itself into the sea.

Rap Dictionary

  1. gullyadjective

    To be tough or gangsta, with street mentality

  2. gullyadjective

    Brutal, Rude, Abrasive "I took the S off a scully, just to keep it gully..." (Akinyele on Large Professor's "1st Class" CD)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gully in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gully in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of gully in a Sentence

  1. Nick Cowie:

    There were two base jumpers, we don’t know the guys, just as we got to the top and start of the Aonach Eagach ridge we heard the first parachute deploy and saw them, i was blown away really, it’s such a sharp drop and narrow gully, no margin for error. My heart was in my mouth when he jumped and we were elated to see him sail off into the distance.

  2. Suraj Paudyal:

    It seems that a serac( a piece of glacial ice broke) and barreled down the couloir( a gully on a mountainside) from the top ridge of the mountain and the gust created the turbulence washing the climbers and staff from their tented camp at the base camp.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Better to play own cricket for 10 hours on the ground or in the gully than to watch it even for 10 minutes on the TV screen or in the stadium.

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