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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gulf  \Gulf\,  n.  [F.  golfe,  It  golfo,  fr  Gr  ?  bosom,  bay, 
  gulf,  LGr.  ?.] 
  1.  A  hollow  place  in  the  earth;  an  abyss;  a  deep  chasm  or 
  basin, 
 
  He  then  surveyed  Hell  and  the  gulf  between. 
  --Milton. 
 
  Between  us  and  you  there  is  a  great  gulf  fixed. 
  --Luke  xvi. 
  26. 
 
  2.  That  which  swallows;  the  gullet.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  3.  That  which  swallows  irretrievably;  a  whirlpool;  a  sucking 
  eddy.  --Shak. 
 
  A  gulf  of  ruin,  swallowing  gold.  --Tennyson. 
 
  4.  (Geog.)  A  portion  of  an  ocean  or  sea  extending  into  the 
  land;  a  partially  land-locked  sea;  as  the  Gulf  of  Mexico. 
 
  5.  (Mining)  A  large  deposit  of  ore  in  a  lode. 
 
  {Gulf  Stream}  (Geog.),  the  warm  ocean  current  of  the  North 
  Atlantic. 
 
  Note:  It  originates  in  the  westward  equatorial  current,  due 
  to  the  trade  winds,  is  deflected  northward  by  Cape  St 
  Roque  through  the  Gulf  of  Mexico,  and  flows  parallel  to 
  the  coast  of  North  America,  turning  eastward  off  the 
  island  of  Nantucket.  Its  average  rate  of  flow  is  said 
  to  be  about  two  miles  an  hour.  The  similar  Japan 
  current,  or  Kuro-Siwo,  is  sometimes  called  the  Gulf 
  Stream  of  the  Pacific. 
 
  {Gulf  weed}  (Bot.),  a  branching  seaweed  ({Sargassum 
  bacciferum},  or  sea  grape),  having  numerous  berrylike  air 
  vessels,  --  found  in  the  Gulf  Stream,  in  the  Sargasso  Sea, 
  and  elsewhere. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gulf 
  n  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" 
  3:  a  deep  wide  chasm 




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