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gully1

[guhl-ee] /ˈgʌl i/
noun, plural gullies. Also, gulley (for defs 1,2).
1.
a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains.
2.
a ditch or gutter.
3.
Cricket.
  1. the position of a fielder between point and slips.
  2. the fielder occupying this position.
verb (used with object), gullied, gullying.
4.
to make gullies in.
5.
to form (channels) by the action of water.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; apparently variant of gullet, with -y replacing French -et
Synonyms
1. gulch, gorge, defile, watercourse.

gully2

[guhl-ee, goo l-ee] /ˈgʌl i, ˈgʊl i/
noun, plural gullies. Scot. and North England
1.
a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
Also, gulley.
Origin
1575-85; origin uncertain
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Examples for gullies
  • 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.
  • Large gullies often develop where concentrated water drains off a road onto unstable slopes.
  • These gullies will be repaired by installing terraces on a farm field.
  • Few rills or gullies, gullies up to two inches deep.
British Dictionary definitions for gullies

gully1

/ˈɡʌlɪ/
noun (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)
  1. a fielding position between the slips and point
  2. a fielder in this position
5.
either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
verb -lies, -lying, -lied
6.
(transitive) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet

gully2

/ˈɡʌlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
(Scot) a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for gullies

gully

n.

"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.

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gullies in Science
gully
  (gŭl'ē)   
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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Encyclopedia Article for gullies

gully

trench cut into land by the erosion of an accelerated stream of water. Various conditions make such erosion possible: the natural vegetation securing the soil may have been destroyed by human action, by fire, or by a climatic change; or an exceptional storm may send in torrents of water down the streambed. Gully erosion is closely related to intense local thunderstorms and not to widespread winter precipitation. Gullies in soft rock enlarge rapidly by headward erosion and may destroy much arable land if preventive measures are not taken.

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