gully

(redirected from gulleys)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to gulleys: gullies

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 ?
From the softness of these materials it was worn into many gulleys.
If the woman Unandi and her child had died that day on the veldt, the gardens of my people would not now be a wilderness, and their bones would not lie in the great gulley that is near U'Cetywayo's kraal.
Scheduled services will consist of: Interceptor Tanks Drainage Gulley Sumps, Road Gulleys, Grease Traps and Vehicle Wash Sumps Sewage Pumping Chambers Cesspits Weir System Above Ground Soil and Vent Pipes Ad Hoc Services will consist of: Liquid Waste Underground Drainage CCTV Services Emergency Spills
National officer Justin Bowden said: "Councils are now making cuts to services they offer the general public like bin collections every three weeks or ending cleaning gulleys, as well as severe cuts to services for the elderly and for children.
Alison Gulleys well-presented volume assesses AElfric's body of work on female virgin martyrs.
Later in the evening with the prospect of another high tide the gulley emptier came and ensured that any blocked gulleys were clear so as to minimise any more incursions by the sea.
They blame the Prologis Park development for exacerbating the problem and Coventry City Council for failing to clear gulleys and drains.
The covers are being taken from manholes and gulleys on roads and pavements and often leave a hole of up to four metres deep exposed.
Priorities include anti-social behaviour associated with the gulleys on Tweedsmuir Road.
She said, "The Welsh Liberal Democrat-led council in Cardiff has invested significantly in closing and gating alleyways and gulleys across the city since 2004 and appointed the city's first ever alley-gating officer to deal specifically with this issue.
This has included reboarding all doors and windows, repairing the fire damaged roof, replacement of rainwater gulleys and removal of damaged railings and redundant fixtures and fittings.
Replacing the road has enabled the city council to introduce a drainage system in which seven cleansing devices will replace 150 gulleys and remove more than 80% of pollutants, such as silt and oils, compared with the 35% removed by traditional gulleys.