nullah


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nul·lah

(nŭl′ə)
n.
A ravine or gully, especially in southern Asia.

[Bengali and Hindi nālā, channel, nullah, and similar forms in other Indic languages, all from Middle Indic nāḷa, nāla, hollow stalk, tube, from Sanskrit nāḍaḥ, from naḍaḥ, reed, variant (perhaps influenced by Dravidian words akin to Kannada naḷ, reed) of nadaḥ; akin to Persian nay, reed, flute, Armenian net, arrow, and Hittite nātaš, reed, arrow, and perhaps further akin to Sanskrit nadati, he roars, howls, cries.]

nullah

(ˈnʌlɑː)
n
(Physical Geography) a stream or drain
[C18: from Hindi nālā]

nul•lah

or na•la

(ˈnʌl ə)

n., pl. -lahs or -las. (esp. in S Asia)
a gully or ravine.
[1770–80; < Hindi nālā brook, ravine]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nullah - a ravine or gully in southern Asia
vale, valley - a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
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Again the herd started, but unfortunately for them about a hundred yards further on was a nullah, or dried-out water track, with steep banks, a place very much resembling the one where the Prince Imperial was killed in Zululand.
He was on a tiger-shooting expedition, and as his elephant was crossing a nullah, it squealed.
I had been away on a distant plantation, and was riding slowly home in the evening, when my eye fell upon something all huddled together at the bottom of a steep nullah. I rode down to see what it was, and the cold struck through my heart when I found it was Dawson's wife, all cut into ribbons, and half eaten by jackals and native dogs.
Below them, the roads, intersected by "nullahs," a sort of instantaneous torrent, were soon rendered impracticable, entangled as they were, besides, with thorny thickets and gigantic lianas, or creeping vines.
He said in many areas the nullah was 60 feet wide in the past but has now shrunk to 10 feet.
He visited different sections of Gujjar Nullah, Orangi Nullah, CBM Nullah, Chakra Goth Nullah, Nasir Colony 2100 Road Nullah and other drains.
At least one nullah is flowing from almost every sector of Islamabad, however, immediate attention of the civic body is needed to clean these and ward off any untoward incident as well save the citizens from several health dangers.
Zafar Dal Friday visited low lying areas around Nullah leh to see the ground situation as rain continued in the city.
PESHAWAR -- District administration officials during the ongoing drive against encroachments on Thursday and demolished 24 houses including a compressed natural gas (CNG) station on both sides of the bank of Budhni nullah that caused damages to people living in adjacent areas of Peshawar.
At least one nullah is following from almost every sector of Islamabad, however, immediate attention of the civic body is needed to clean these and ward off any untoward incident as well save the citizens from several health dangers.
He said, the 23 Expressway would start from the Soan Bridge instead of Ammar Chowk in Chaklala to facilitate maximum population, adding the project would change fate of the citizens particularly living along the Lai Nullah as the citizens would be allowed to construct commercial buildings along the road.
RAWALPINDI -- The Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) has begun dredging Leh Nullah. The process will cost Rs15 million and will be completed before monsoon begins.