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Dictionary Definition



1 an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land; larger than a bay
2 an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding); "he felt a gulf between himself and his former friends"; "there is a vast disconnect between public opinion and federal policy" [syn: disconnect, disconnection]
3 a deep wide chasm

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Alternative spellings


golfe, golfo


  • /gʌlf/


  1. A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin.
  2. That which swallows; the gullet. William Shakespeare
  3. That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy. William Shakespeare
  4. A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially landlocked sea; as, the Gulf of Mexico or Persian Gulf.
  5. A large deposit of ore in a lode.



Extensive Definition

Gulf can refer to:
The Gulf can mean:
  • The Gulf is also used to refer to the Gulf War
gulf in German: Golf
gulf in Modern Greek (1453-): Κόλπος
gulf in French: Golfe
gulf in Dutch: Gulf
gulf in Russian: Залив
gulf in Polish: Gulf
gulf in Yiddish: גאלף (ים)

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