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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Gulf Stream
unbridgeable gulf/gap/chasm etc (between sb/sth and sb/sth)
▪ the unbridgeable gulf between the rich and the poor
▪ Fundamental to Frege's whole approach is the assumption that there exists an unbridgeable logical gulf between concepts and objects.
▪ It was an almost unbridgeable gulf.
▪ But that debate revealed a wide gulf between the guild of academic historians and the public.
▪ The gulf war was fought with cross party agreement.
▪ S.-allied forces in the 1991 Persian gulf war.
▪ The new gulf war Public culture is left; private culture is right.
the Gulf Stream
yawning gap/gulf/chasm (between sth)
▪ A yawning gap was forecast between anticipated social expenditures and resources.
▪ In publishing the Hepplewhite Guide the Taylors were filling a yawning gap.
▪ Passion 57% A yawning chasm opens up after these four attributes.
▪ The yawning gap between the two was deeply worrying.
▪ There are yawning gulfs stretching down into the abyss which have often swallowed up cities that have fallen into them.
▪ There is and always has been a yawning gap at the budget end of the amplifier market.
▪ There was nothing there but a terrible, yawning gap.
▪ To a yawning gap in how I see the world and how the world sees me.
▪ More riots led to a growing gulf between the police and the communities in which they worked.
▪ The central problem was how to bridge the gulf between the warring factions of the party.
▪ All calls for accommodation masked the gulf that divides abortion opponents and supporters.
▪ As it was, he clenched his fist and glared at her across the gulf that divided them.
▪ But the enactment fixed a gulf between the people of Athens and their allies.
▪ For an impecunious woman of twenty-nine, the gulf was unbridgeable.
▪ Like all first-rate comic writers, Shaw was fascinated by the gulf between appearance and reality.
▪ The sheer gulf between the sides spoke volumes.
▪ They might rediscover the space between words and the gulf between them and those with whom they live.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gulf \Gulf\ (g[u^]lf), n. [F. golfe, It. golfo, fr. Gr. ko`lpos bosom, bay, gulf, LGr. ko`lfos.]

  1. A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin,

    He then surveyed Hell and the gulf between.

    Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed.
    --Luke xvi. 26.

  2. That which swallows; the gullet. [Obs.]

  3. That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy.

    A gulf of ruin, swallowing gold.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "profound depth;" geographic sense is c.1400; from Old French golf "a gulf, whirlpool," from Italian golfo "a gulf, a bay," from Late Latin colfos, from Greek kolpos "bay, gulf," earlier "trough between waves, fold of a garment," originally "bosom," the common notion being "curved shape," from PIE *kwelp- "to arch, to vault" (compare Old English hwealf, a-hwielfan "to overwhelm"). Latin sinus underwent the same development, being used first for "bosom," later for "gulf." Replaced Old English sæ-earm. Figurative sense of "a wide interval" is from 1550s. The Gulf Stream (1775) takes its name from the Gulf of Mexico.


n. 1 A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin. 2 (context obsolete English) That which swallows; the gullet. 3 That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy. 4 (context geography English) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially landlocked sea; as, the Gulf of Mexico or Persian Gulf. 5 (context mining English) A large deposit of ore in a lode. 6 A difference, especially a large difference, between groups

  1. n. 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

Gulf -- U.S. County in Florida
Population (2000): 13332
Housing Units (2000): 7587
Land area (2000): 554.597338 sq. miles (1436.400451 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 189.996686 sq. miles (492.089137 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 744.594024 sq. miles (1928.489588 sq. km)
Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12
Location: 29.940016 N, 85.267756 W
Gulf, FL
Gulf County
Gulf County, FL

A gulf is a large bay that is an arm of an ocean or sea.

Gulf (novella)

Gulf is a novella by Robert A. Heinlein, originally published as a serial in the November and December 1949 issues of Astounding Science Fiction and later collected in Assignment in Eternity. It concerns a secret society of geniuses who act to protect humanity. The novel Friday, written in 1982, was loosely a sequel.

Usage examples of "gulf".

Sometimes Kellhus seemed such an abomination that the gulf between Scylvendi and Inrithi threatened to disappearparticularly where Proyas was concerned.

Ego and Eco were still staring at each other across an unbridgeable gulf, and the two absolutisms were altogether incompatible.

Those eyes grew and became gigantic, and in them the Cimmerian glimpsed the reality of all the abysmal and blasphemous horrors that lurk in the outer darkness of formless voids and nighted gulfs.

And when you have the optimist and pessimist acutely opposed in a mixing group, they direct lively conversations at one another across the gulf of distance, even of time.

January nineteenth, 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, I believe an Iraqi aircraft penetrated our defenses and sprayed aflatoxin over Seabees and the Twenty-fourth Naval Mobile Construction Battalion near the port of Al Jubayl in Saudi Arabia.

Carnia were up in arms, that numerous bands of robbers had descended from the mountains of Ziccola and Agrapha, and had made their appearance on the other side of the gulf, they resolved to proceed by water to Prevesa, and having presented an order which they had received from Ali Pasha, for the use of his galliot, she was immediately fitted out to convey them.

He grew smaller and smaller as the gulf between them expanded, his aimless humming fading until he disappeared altogether.

Gulf Stream caught it and hurried it on, away from Alata, away from his homeland and away from the island of death.

United States invaded with a force that was far smaller than the one it amassed for the 1991 Persian Gulf War and without waiting to carry out a long, preparatory air campaign.

Persian Gulf, Bush said in a 1999 speech at the Citadel, was an impressive accomplishment, but also one that had taken six months of planning, amassing of military forces and supplies, and preparation.

The Gulf War gave us perhaps the first fully articulated example of this new epistemology of the concept.

More ominously, the activist Shia Islam preached by the leader of the revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, threatened to upset the delicate Sunni-Shia balance in Iraq, and a hostile Iran would threaten Iraqi security in the Gulf.

ED domain, including much of the Gulf and the territory around it, had been for some time, perhaps the past hundred years, studded with millions or bazillions of sensors.

Smaller galleys, called bergantines, carried only a third as many oarsmen as the galleot that they were now rowing across the Gulf of Cadiz.

With the whole Gulf coast blockaded and the three great ports in Union hands, with the Mississippi a Union stream from source to sea, and with Sherman firmly set in the northwest flank of Georgia, Hood made the last grand sortie from the beleaguered South.