1 [guhl-ee]
noun, plural gullies. Also, gulley (for defs 1,2).
a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains.
a ditch or gutter.
the position of a fielder between point and slips.
the fielder occupying this position.
verb (used with object), gullied, gullying.
to make gullies in.
to form (channels) by the action of water.

1530–40; apparently variant of gullet, with -y replacing French -et

1. gulch, gorge, defile, watercourse. Unabridged


2 [guhl-ee, gool-ee]
noun, plural gullies. Scot. and North England.
a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
Also, gulley.

1575–85; origin uncertain Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
gully or gulley1 (ˈɡʌlɪ)
n , pl -lies, -leys
1.  a channel or small valley, esp one cut by heavy rainwater
2.  (NZ) a small bush-clad valley
3.  a deep, wide fissure between two buttresses in a mountain face, sometimes containing a stream or scree
4.  cricket
 a.  a fielding position between the slips and point
 b.  a fielder in this position
5.  either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
vb , -lies, -leys, -lies, -lying, -lied
6.  (tr) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
[C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet]
gulley or gulley1
[C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet]

gully2 (ˈɡʌlɪ)
n , pl -lies
(Scot) a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
[C16: of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

1538, possibly a variant of M.E. golet "water channel" (see gullet).
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Science Dictionary
gully   (gŭl'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
A narrow, steep-sided channel formed in loose earth by running water. A gully is usually dry except after periods of heavy rainfall or after the melting of snow or ice.
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Example sentences
The features of note are the various canyons, gullies, and channels dissecting
  the continental slope.
Colors in the gullies likely represent different rock types that have been
  exposed along the crater's steep slopes.
The gullies were formed dominantly in cold and mild arid and semi-arid climates.
Channels and gullies cannot be obliterated by ordinary tillage.
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