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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After one more headland we joined the official high level route to go round the edge of a deep gully.
▪ Enemy aircraft swarmed overhead, methodically searching each gully and outcrop.
▪ Hartland took a fine gully catch to dismiss Russell.
▪ It was noted that it bounced only once before exploding in the gully below!
▪ The phalanx of ladies drew me away from there and up a gully.
▪ Yet the moment they skidded into the gully they were trapped.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gully \Gul"ly\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gullied; p. pr. & vb. n. Gullying.] To wear into a gully or into gullies.


Gully \Gul"ly\, v. i. To flow noisily. [Obs.]


Gully \Gul"ly\, n.; pl. Gulles. [Etymol. uncertain] A large knife. [Scot.]
--Sir W. Scott.


Gully \Gul"ly\, n.; pl. Gullies. [Formerly gullet.]

  1. A channel or hollow worn in the earth by a current of water; a short deep portion of a torrent's bed when dry.

  2. A grooved iron rail or tram plate. [Eng.]

    Gully gut, a glutton. [Obs.]

    Gully hole, the opening through which gutters discharge surface water.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"channel made by running water," 1650s, possibly a variant of Middle English golet "water channel" (see gullet). Gully-washer, American English colloquial for "heavy rainstorm," attested by 1887.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A trench, ravine or narrow channel which was worn by water flow, especially on a hillside. 2 A small valley. 3 (context UK English) A drop kerb. 4 A road drain. 5 (context cricket English) A fielding position on the off side about 30 degrees behind square, between the slips and point; a fielder in such a position 6 (context UK English) A grooved iron rail or tram plate. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To flow noisily. 2 (context transitive English) To wear away into a gully or gullies. Etymology 2

n. (context Scotland northern UK English) A large knife.

  1. n. deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)

  2. [also: gullied]

Gully, MN -- U.S. city in Minnesota
Population (2000): 106
Housing Units (2000): 66
Land area (2000): 2.010076 sq. miles (5.206072 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.008879 sq. miles (0.022996 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.018955 sq. miles (5.229068 sq. km)
FIPS code: 26270
Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27
Location: 47.767185 N, 95.625386 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 56646
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Gully, MN

A gully is a landform created by running water, eroding sharply into soil, typically on a hillside. Gullies resemble large ditches or small valleys, but are metres to tens of metres in depth and width. When the gully formation is in process, the water flow rate can be substantial, causing a significant deep cutting action into soil.

Gully (disambiguation)

A gully is a small valley.

Gully may also refer to:

  • A storm drain
  • Gully, a fielding position in the sport of cricket; see slip
  • Gully cricket, an informal form of cricket, played in India
  • Gully, the mascot of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.
  • Gully, Minnesota, a small city in the United States
  • Gully (album), a 2003 album by Indian band Euphoria
  • A character in the Battle Chasers comic book series
Gully (album)

Gully is an album by Indian band Euphoria.

Gully (Mars)

Martian gullies are small, incised networks of narrow channels and their associated downslope sediment deposits, found on the planet of Mars. They are named for their resemblance to terrestrial gullies. First discovered on images from Mars Global Surveyor, they occur on steep slopes, especially on the walls of craters. Usually, each gully has a dendritic alcove at its head, a fan-shaped apron at its base, and a single thread of incised channel linking the two, giving the whole gully an hourglass shape. They are estimated to be relatively young because they have few, if any craters. A subclass of gullies is also found cut into the faces of sand dunes, that are themselves considered to be quite young.

Most gullies occur 30 degrees poleward in each hemisphere, with greater numbers in the southern hemisphere. Some studies have found that gullies occur on slopes that face all directions; others have found that the greater number of gullies are found on poleward facing slopes, especially from 30° to 44° S. Although thousands have been found, they appear to be restricted to only certain areas of the planet. In the northern hemisphere, they have been found in Arcadia Planitia, Tempe Terra, Acidalia Planitia, and Utopia Planitia. In the south, high concentrations are found on the northern edge of Argyre basin, in northern Noachis Terra, and along the walls of the Hellas outflow channels. A recent study examined 54,040 CTX images that covered 85% of the Martian surface found 4861 separate gullied landforms (e.g., individual craters, mounds, valleys, etc.), which totaled tens of thousands of individual gullies. It is estimated that CTX can resolve 95% of gullies.

This article gives a history of the discovery and research on gullies. As research progresses, the cause of Martian gullies has shifted from recent liquid water to pieces of dry ice moving down steep slopes, but research continues. On the basis of their form, aspects, positions, and location amongst and apparent interaction with features thought to be rich in water ice, many researchers think that the processes carving the gullies involve liquid water. However, this remains a topic of active research. Because the gullies are so young, this would suggest that liquid water has been present on Mars in its very recent geological past, with consequences for the potential habitability of the modern surface.

On July 10, 2014, NASA reported that gullies on the surface of Mars were mostly formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide (CO), and not by that of liquid water as considered earlier.

Usage examples of "gully".

Tuesday, November 1 2010 hours Hill country north of Chah Bahar Iran Joe Douglas looked at Franklin where he lay in the shelter on the side of the gully.

Roger ropes up, confirms the signals for the belay, starts up the gully.

In fact, this third island was actually two separate land masses, but the gully was only ten metres wide, and the map still referred to it as Kerkulla Besar, meaning Big Kerkulla.

Mivarsh, bethinking him that if the mantichores of the mountains should devour him along with those two lords, that were yet a kindlier fate than all alone to abide those things he wist of on the Moruna, put on the rope, and after commending himself to the protection of his gods followed Lord Brandoch Daha down the rotten slopes of rock and frozen earth at the head of a gully leading down the cliff.

But Echo and George companies had finally reached the bivouac areas that the recon platoons had found for them, scattered through two deep gullies and a patch of thick scrub forest where the two gullies met.

Green Gully, the fame of which was soon to be so widely bruited abroad.

Having seen Longarm disappear into the gully, the bushwhacker might be playing it safe.

He stayed absolutely still, watching the bushwhacker on the other side of the gully through a tiny gap in the screen of brush.

The northern shore was cliffy, and inland from the escarpments the forested hillside was broken by deep gullies.

Calumet chuckled grimly as, with his head slightly above the edge of the gully and concealed behind the felloes of the wagon wheel, he made an examination of the rocks beyond the wagon.

And he went on to explain how the bed of Ice Cold Creek swung away into a narrow valley with benched sides, and at the point where it swung away an old stream bed came in from the right that was all boulders, the mountain beyond gashed by a slide that had opened up a gully big as Hastings Street in the middle of Vancouver .

Though bound and gagged, the gully dwarf found some way to moan pathetically as Gell and Typak entered.

And now Chief Huerta was the night, a black shadow among shadows, edging silently under the fence through the runoff gully.

Beyond, out of gullies and flats that had been hidden from us, but not from the quickening sun, over reefs and banks of shining rock, a bristling beard of spiky and fleshy vegetation was straining into view, hurrying tumultuously to take advantage of the brief day in which it must flower and fruit and seed again and die.

When she had resumed her seat, Hyn and Hynyn trotted out of the gully to continue their journey.