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gul·ly 1

 (gŭl′ē)
n. pl. gul·lies
1. A deep ditch or channel cut in the earth by running water after a prolonged downpour.
2. A channel in the side of a mountain, especially one forming a path for avalanches or rockfall.
v. gul·lied, gul·ly·ing, gul·lies
v.tr.
To wear a deep ditch or channel in.
v.intr.
To form a deep ditch or channel.

[Perhaps alteration of Middle English golet, throat, channel; see gullet.]

gul·ly 2

 (gŭl′ē)
n. pl. gul·lies Chiefly British
A large knife.

[Short for dialectal gully knife : gully (probably alteration of Middle English golet, throat; see gullet) + knife.]

gully

(ˈɡʌlɪ) or

gulley

n, pl -lies or -leys
1. (Physical Geography) a channel or small valley, esp one cut by heavy rainwater
2. (Physical Geography) NZ a small bush-clad valley
3. (Mountaineering) a deep, wide fissure between two buttresses in a mountain face, sometimes containing a stream or scree
4. (Cricket) cricket
a. a fielding position between the slips and point
b. a fielder in this position
5. (Bowls & Bowling) either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
(Physical Geography) (tr) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
[C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet]

gully

(ˈɡʌlɪ)
n, pl -lies
(Tools) Scot a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
[C16: of obscure origin]

gul•ly

(ˈgʌl i)

n., pl. -lies, n.
1. a small valley or ravine orig. worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains; gulch.
2. a ditch or gutter.
v.t.
3. to make gullies in.
4. to form (channels) by the action of water.
[1530–40; appar. alter. of gullet, with -y replacing French -et]

gul·ly

(gŭl′ē)
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.

gully


Past participle: gullied
Gerund: gullying

Imperative
gully
gully
Present
I gully
you gully
he/she/it gullies
we gully
you gully
they gully
Preterite
I gullied
you gullied
he/she/it gullied
we gullied
you gullied
they gullied
Present Continuous
I am gullying
you are gullying
he/she/it is gullying
we are gullying
you are gullying
they are gullying
Present Perfect
I have gullied
you have gullied
he/she/it has gullied
we have gullied
you have gullied
they have gullied
Past Continuous
I was gullying
you were gullying
he/she/it was gullying
we were gullying
you were gullying
they were gullying
Past Perfect
I had gullied
you had gullied
he/she/it had gullied
we had gullied
you had gullied
they had gullied
Future
I will gully
you will gully
he/she/it will gully
we will gully
you will gully
they will gully
Future Perfect
I will have gullied
you will have gullied
he/she/it will have gullied
we will have gullied
you will have gullied
they will have gullied
Future Continuous
I will be gullying
you will be gullying
he/she/it will be gullying
we will be gullying
you will be gullying
they will be gullying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gullying
you have been gullying
he/she/it has been gullying
we have been gullying
you have been gullying
they have been gullying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gullying
you will have been gullying
he/she/it will have been gullying
we will have been gullying
you will have been gullying
they will have been gullying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gullying
you had been gullying
he/she/it had been gullying
we had been gullying
you had been gullying
they had been gullying
Conditional
I would gully
you would gully
he/she/it would gully
we would gully
you would gully
they would gully
Past Conditional
I would have gullied
you would have gullied
he/she/it would have gullied
we would have gullied
you would have gullied
they would have gullied

gully

A narrow channel worn in a hillside by running water. Gullies abound in land prone to soil erosion.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gully - deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)gully - deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)
arroyo - a stream or brook
draw - a gully that is shallower than a ravine
vale, valley - a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
wadi - gully or streambed in northern Africa and the Middle East that remains dry except during rainy season

gully

noun ravine, canyon, gorge, chasm, channel, fissure, defile, watercourse The bodies of the three climbers were located at the bottom of a steep gully.
Translations
شِعْب، اخدود
strouha
regnkløft
gilskorningur
išgraužaišplova
grāvisšaura aiza
jarok
hendeksu yolu

gully

[ˈgʌlɪ] N (= ravine) → barranco m; (= channel) → hondonada f

gully

[ˈgʌli] n (= narrow valley) → ravin m

gully

n (= ravine)Schlucht f; (= narrow channel)Rinne f

gully

[ˈgʌlɪ] n (ravine) → burrone m, gola; (channel) → canale m di scolo

gully

(ˈgali) plural ˈgullies noun
a channel worn by running water eg on a mountain side.
References in classic literature ?
But before dawn we was awake again, because meantime a storm had come up and been raging, and the thunder and lightning was awful, and the wind was a-thrashing the trees around, and the rain was driving down in slanting sheets, and the gullies was running rivers.
It led them over rough hills, and through broken gullies, during which time they suffered great fatigue from the ruggedness of the country.
I have jumped twice as far for sport; but that is an evil place above--low bushes and gullies that go down very deep, all full of the Little People.
Some of the dholes, too, had fallen into the gullies that communicated with the underground caves, and there choked and fought and snapped among the tumbled honeycombs, and at last, borne up, even when they were dead, on the heaving waves of bees beneath them, shot out of some hole in the river-face, to roll over on the black rubbish-heaps.
This slope was trampled hard and bare, and washed out in winding gullies by the rain.
I knew that in the ravines and gullies they might find a temporary hiding place, and even though they died there of hunger and thirst it would be better so than that they fell into the hands of the Tharks.
Some came rushing down gullies and ravines; others tumbled in crystal cascades from inaccessible clefts and rocks, and others winding their way in rapid and pellucid currents across the valley, to throw themselves into the main river.
Bagration called to him from the hill not to go beyond the stream, but Rostov pretended not to hear him and did not stop but rode on and on, continually mistaking bushes for trees and gullies for men and continually discovering his mistakes.
And ever, as the white moon shows her affrighted face from the steep gullies in the blackness overhead, aghast Jonah sees the rearing bowsprit pointing high upward, but soon beat downward again towards the tormented deep.
Kirklees Council has a target to carry out 90,000 emptyings each year, which means five gully emptying machines have to each clear 18,000 gullies.
Ever since 2000, when spacecraft observations revealed that Mars has a multitude of gullies that were probably carved by recent flows of water, planetary scientists have been hard-pressed to find a source of water that could do the job.
AN AUTUMN clean-up operation to clear gullies, drains and culverts of fallen leaves has started across Rhondda Cynon Taf.